Seven dynamic Oxfordshire ceramicists come together to form the Clay Collective at The Art Barn. Formed through their connections with the brilliant Alison Jones at the Oxfordshire Arts Studio, they illustrate how this medium can be used in a variety of different ways with sculptural, functional and decorative works.
Alison Jones –BA Hons Degree in Ceramics from Camberwell College and founder and lead tutor of Oxfordshire Arts Studio. A member of Oxfordshire Craft Guild and Associate Member of the Craft Potters Association, her work is included in galleries around the United Kingdom. www.oxfordshirearts.co.uk and Instagram: @oxfordshirearts
Charlotte Leech – a miniaturist, Charlie throws tiny pots and small vessels on a mini wheel. She also creates functional work with a naturalistic twist, friendly seagulls perch on soap dishes and cats doze on the walls of her bowls. She also creates beautiful jewellery with silver clay (PMC). ThePotteryCat on Etsy
Elizabeth Murphy – Her work is characterised by undulating totemic vessel forms transformed through texture. Inspired by nature these sculptural works are canvases to explore narratives woven with threads of history, literature, music, nature and the human condition. www.bernwoodpottery.com and Instagram: @elizabethmurphyceramics
Kate Webber – Kate creates pottery with intricate details that captures a sense of whimsy. Creating both collectable and functional work, her pieces are marked by texture and depths in glazing. Her works range from planters to lamps. Instagram: @katewebberceramics
Kayleigh O’Donnell – Inspired by nature, Kayleigh of KO Pottery creates functional pieces with a slightly surreal quality encrusted with naturalist elements from pumpkins to frogs. Further inspired by the magic of the woods, her Forest Folk series includes ceramic puppet characters and spirit of the woods masks. Instagram: @kayleigho
Kerry Spurry – Kerry is a designer and creative polymath whose work ranges from upholstery to ceramics. Her stylish ceramics explore the female form fashioning narratives around these figures. Her works are functional and sculptural additions for the home and garden. Instagram: @velvetandenvy
Rita Rattray – Having careers in both archaeology and in music, Rita infuses her pieces with themes of art, music and history. In her practice she explores forms with surfaces that are characterised by layers of colours and experimentation with glazing techniques.
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