I will be at 'Art in the Park' Jephsons Gardens, Leamington Spa first weekend in August 2021!
I have recently moved to Leamington Spa so have a lovely new studio. The gardens that my studio looks out onto are stunning!
Such an inspirational place to work!
Claire was born in Leamington Spa and has ended up returning after living in various different parts of the country. She loves it here and feels it is home.
After graduating with a ceramics degree at the end of the 1980’s Claire has continued her fascination with ceramics ever since.
She has specialised in sawdust- firing and smoke-firing since the 1990’s.
In 1999 Claire was awarded a setting up grant by the Crafts Council which enabled her to set up her first studio.
She is also a selected professional member of the ‘Craft Potters Association’ and therefore is able to sell her work from their prestigious gallery ‘Contemporary Ceramics’ in London.
Many other galleries around the U.K also represent Claires work.
‘I recently heard a quote from the sculptor Brancusi which I absolutely love’, she smiles,
‘Simplicity is complexity resolved’
and went on to explain how her forms may look simple but are meticulously thought out and lovingly refined.
Different coloured glazes have recently been added to Claires palette and she is delighted with the interaction between these and the smoke-firing technique. For many years she has been successful in smoke-firing with gold and platinum lustres, skilfully managing to avoid them being burnt away.
Claire would like to leave you with this;
‘When form, colour, texture and markings all work together, you are left with an entity that somehow you can emotionally and spiritually connect with on a profound level.’