Hi, I’m Rachel, I have been a full time potter for the past 7 years. I started with evening classes and then completed an apprenticeship at an independent pottery in Clapham, London, where I still work!
I am also a pottery tutor running classes for adults and children at the local community pottery school - the place where I first fell in love with clay.
I love making pots to be used – mugs, bowls, platters and vases. I often experiment with texture and surface pattern using slips (coloured liquid clay) incorporating printing techniques such as paper stencils and resist. My tableware is either thrown on the potters wheel or hand built using stoneware clay and glazes. This means everything is fired to a high temperature so the pieces are durable and watertight: they can be used in the microwave, dishwasher and oven.
When I’m not in the studio or teaching I like to make delicate jewellery and porcelain hanging decorations, for celebrations such as Christmas and Easter, at my kitchen table. These are glazed and sometimes finished with gold leaf or even smoke fired in a dustbin in my garden!