Clay as a Canvas
For hundreds of years we have used stories and imagination (and a little magic) to help us understand and explain the world around us. Folklore and myth teach us of our morality and of good and evil. The art of storytelling is a craft in itself. Often when we see people talking, we observe the body language as much as we listen to what they actually saying. Many people ‘talk with their hands’. This as far as I am concerned is what makers do. Any maker. We express some of our innermost feelings through the made object. As we already know the use of religious art has been used for hundreds of years to communicate stories and events, pre historic cave paintings, greek pots have all been used as a method to communicate.
When looking at ideas surrounding identity, especially with rural locations and folklore as a subject, it can be very easy to get drawn into the historical sense of past and old traditions, but the present is equally important and I feel that a contemporary sense of belonging and cultural identity is harder in many ways to define as its very subjective.
Functional Everyday Ceramics
- Made using local materials and fired using renewable green energy
- Honest, conscious and made with care
Made By Hands
- Everything is made by me in my studio.
Functional Everyday Ceramics
Contemporary CornishwareMade using local materials and fired using renewable green energy
Ethical ThinkingHonest, conscious and made with care
Made By HandsEverything is made by me in my studio.
Meet the Maker
Having completed both a BA & MA in Design at Plymouth University, Laura specialised as a Designer Maker, working in ceramics. At the heart of her work is the exploration of site specific folklore in Cornwall, where she lives.This is expressed through choice of materials, pattern & illustration. Folklore is about the everyday and being reachable.
The stoneware clay comes direct from an ancient pit in St Agnes just a few hundred yards from the sea, along with the some of the key glaze ingredients of china clay and tin which played such a vital role in Cornwall’s mining history.
The work is hand thrown, brushed with the dark slip & then decorated using a sgraffito technique, before being dipped in a white tin glaze. These layers and brush marks that you can see represent the idea of storytelling being passed down through the generations, much akin to Chinese Whispers, some parts are brushed over and lost whilst other marks are clearly there for us all to see. The slate/blue colour is a reminder of the moors, skies and sea. All of these separate elements are pulled together with a pinch of fun using functional vessels as a canvas.
Living on an organic smallholding with her young family, the sense of sustainability, fair-trade and keeping things local are key elements in her working, as well as family life.