About claypool






Ellen is currently finishing a BFA in ceramics and is very much looking forward to enjoying being part of claypool. Sally is a director with 20 years experience in the field of design, furniture manufacture, retail and interior design.

"For me, working with clay is the best kind of therapy. When I'm centring a ball of clay on the wheel my breathing slows and my movements are very focused on that moment.
Clay is a humble but forgiving medium that offers so much possibility.

Having honed my eye on beautiful forms for years, it is a frustration that my hands don't create what my eye wants, but the process of making is deeply satisfying."
My ceramic aspirations first started around 1990 when most of my time was spent specialising in domestic ware and perfecting my wheel throwing techniques. I then took an interest in creating handmade ceramic roses, (small posies and larger bowls of roses), I find great beauty in flowers.

My present obsession is throwing large bowls then carving out intricate patterns and designs, once again inspired by nature.

I also throw porcelain mugs and bowls then apply Japanese Tissue Paper designs (very satisfying when you are not a good painter).

I spend a lot of my time too making Porcelain jewellery, in particular necklaces and brooches, a very pleasurable process.

I am at present employed by City East Community College teaching evening wheel throwing classes.

Among my favourite potters are: Sandra Black, Jennifer McCurdy, Claire Wakefield and Isabelle Abramson and favourite painter: Jean Haines - all very inspiring.

Cherie's work can be seen at her website and on her Facebook Page.
Instagram: cheriepeytonceramicart
Brett Stone started his art career during the heady days of the mineral boom in Perth in the mid 1980s. Lured to Sydney by Rex Irwin in 1987, he is now a co-gallery manager of Olsen Irwin. In this role he has encouraged the blossoming of many emerging artist's careers, and helped build many private collections.

Realising he can't draw, he has recently become a part time potter "Being around potters and their pots has taught me a great deal about life. Pots have taught me that the humble can be impressive. And, I have learnt to love the calm and contemplative process of making them.

Living with handmade bowls makes you more aware of what you put in them. My bowls are functional, simple and unadorned - they want to be used."
Brett is represented by
Utopia Art Sydney.
I like to think that the appeal of my work lies in the combination of its simple aesthetic and its subtlety of form and colour. We covet and collect pieces that become part of our lives, our feasts, our ceremonies and special experiences. Decoration is minimal at most, a dimple here, a groove there. Subtle interruptions to flow are sufficient to give each piece an appeal of its own.

I believe quiet things have a strong presence that silently invite you to pick them up and enjoy them.
Photographic credit to Jun Chen for below image.

An important component of my work is the making of cremation urns.

Adding slip casting and contemporary porcelain jewellery to my range has been both rewarding and challenging. The diversity of materials and media seems endless and I'm drawn to my love of porcelain, metals and the written word.

Deb Taylor's work can be found at: little white dish and The Porcelain Urn Company
Instagram: littlewhitedish




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