Details of exhibitions and events can be found on www.pennyvarleyceramics.co.uk
In 2005 I gave up the 'day job' to launch Penny Varley Ceramics, because I loved playing and experimenting with clay. Working from my garden studio in Tysoe at the foot of Edge Hill, I produce both practical domestic ware as well as more creative and original pieces in a wide variety of finishes from glossy glazes to more subtle matt tones. Keen to develop my skills as a potter, I set myself the challenge to explore the shapes and patterns that emerge in the transformation from bud to bloom. Hours of experimenting with different clays, looking at endless forms, numerous kiln firings and testing of glazes led to 'emerging buds' - an exciting new body of work
from the heat of the kiln. Drawing on my previous background in training I have put together a presentation that has been delivered to over 50 WI groups entitled 'My life as a studio potter'. To compliment this and encourage others to participate I offer 'have a go' days in the pottery where students can get their hands on clay.
I am a regular exhibitor in Oxfordshire Art Weeks and Warwickshire Open Studios. My work has been exhibited at Compton Verney, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Warwick Art Centre and Greyfriars in Worcester, as well as being held by private collectors of art around the world.. I have also completed commissions for eateries, a technology company in Cambridge and a regional camera club and individuals.