contact Syl & Ray Macro:

GALLERY 1611
Studio House
Market Place
ALSTON
CA9 3HS

Phone: 01434 382137

info @ gallery1611.co.uk

 GALLERY 1611
Market Place, Alston, Cumbria

"Potter in the Window"

November & December - Sue Sharp

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small plate

Slip-Decorated Ceramics

I live and work in the North Pennines, a beautiful area of wild moorland and fells in the north east corner of Cumbria. A place with big skies , constantly changing light and sometimes extreme weather and a never ending source of inspiration. I choose to use slips to decorate the pots for a denser colour and get three or four layers which stay where I put them, unlike glazes which run and mingle. I enjoy being able to work directly on the wet unfired clay using it as a painter would use a canvas. Opening the kiln is the most exciting part, the colours only come to life after they have been covered with a clear glaze and there are always some surprises. It's the fickle nature of the firing process that spurs you on to make the next kiln load.

butter dishes
butter dishes

I make a range of domestic earthenware, tiles and larger more decorative pieces. The pots are coloured with liquid clay (slip) before firing, using a variety of techniques, brushing, trailing, sponging, and spraying parts away with water.

White earthenware clay fired to 1145c in an electric kiln.

Transparent glaze.

Suitable for dishwashers.


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large plate
I also run workshops with schools and community groups, ranging from one day clay modelling sessions to large scale tiled murals.

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