Raku Kilns in the courtyard!

Its very busy in the court yard! There is  a Raku kiln in the courtyard all day, come and see our ceramicists at work!

Derbyshire Open Artists: Philippa Maye

Hello, as promised this week we will be introducing you to the artists taking part in this years Derbyshire Open Arts and exhibiting their work at The Smithy Studios.

Philippa Maye

Philippa is a ceramicist working in porcelain and porcelain paper clay. Philippa’s work is thoughtful and precise; her word and letter spirals exemplify this.

P1060496The spirals are formed using letter punches, each letter individually placed. Philippa  places her text on her vessels and bowls sometimes in clear view and sometimes hidden. If you spy a bowl upon a mirror look for the reflected text.

P1060735 P1060739 Philippa’s porcelain paper clay vessels exhibit a deceptive fragility; pale, translucent and bearing her hallmark text. Here we see a pair of vessels before their firing during which the paper is burnt off leaving the emergent fragility.20120526-133349.jpgPhilippa demonstrates a skilled use of glazes in her practice creating gleaming surfaces with an exquisite use of colour.

On the Saturday of the Open Arts (if the weather is fair) Philippa and Jim Symon will be working with a raku kiln in our courtyard. Not to be missed, you can view a previous firing here.