Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Potter working in Stoneware

Kirkby Malzeard

About

I have been a potter for most of my life but for the last seven years I have been working from a studio pottery in my garden at Kirkby Malzeard. I work in stunning surroundings which influences both the form and decoration of my creations. The focus is thrown domestic ware, strong, practical and beautiful.

I sell from my studio through ‘Open Weekends’ throughout the year but recently I have been asked to exhibit and sell in Amsterdam – a new and exciting phase in my artistic life.

Sally Smith
Sally Smith

Sally Smith

Potter working in Stoneware

Kirkby Malzeard

About

I have been a potter for most of my life but for the last seven years I have been working from a studio pottery in my garden at Kirkby Malzeard. I work in stunning surroundings which influences both the form and decoration of my creations. The focus is thrown domestic ware, strong, practical and beautiful.

I sell from my studio through ‘Open Weekends’ throughout the year but recently I have been asked to exhibit and sell in Amsterdam – a new and exciting phase in my artistic life.

Sally Smith

My work

About my work

Now retired, with the freedom to work at my own pace and on the pieces that I want to make, the ideas and enthusiasm abound. Every kiln load contains test pieces, initially small bowls or cylinders, which are studied and considered. This eventually leads on to larger pieces where I refine glaze thicknesses and combinations.

I have moved from slip (coloured liquid clay) decoration to mostly glaze on glaze. Glazes are dipped, poured, trailed, sponged and sprayed – anyway so long as it is immediate and reflexive. I find this very exciting, I love the natural movement of the decoration – almost like dancing to the music without choreography!

Alongside my thrown work I have been developing some large sculptural pieces, triggered by interesting beach finds – shells, stones , driftwood and so on. Early results are interesting sculptural forms which have encouraged me to take this to the next stage.

I have always had an interest in early ceramics from China and Japan particularly the ethos, glazes and form. More recently, an influence has been Charles Binns, a Victorian potter and chemist, whose work has helped me to develop my own glazes.

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