What is your practice? Materials? Processes?
I make pots for handling and using. They are thrown on the wheel using stoneware clay, fired, glazed using my own recipes and then fired again to 1270° C.
What 5 words best describe your work?
Tactile; gentle; rich; practical; comfortable.
Do you have any design heroes?
Un-named Korean potters of the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries. The stark simplicity of their pots is mesmerising.
Where is your studio?
In my garden, looking out over Worthington Park.
Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Assess yesterday’s work… prepare clay… make pots… finish yesterday’s pieces…
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I have just relocated my studio into a specially designed building, and I am busy finalising the equipment and layout. I am very excited about this new chapter, which will no doubt bring about a fresh approach to my work.
Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
I moved to Sale only a few weeks before the trail, so I visited but didn’t exhibit. I have been looking forward to this for a whole year!
What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?
Building a new studio and moving my equipment has taken a lot of energy so my work has not changed much in the last year.
What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?
I will be showing my work and demonstrating the processes involved in my brand new studio in Clarendon Road, venue J on the map.
If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?
A friend and colleague from my 3D design course, Hang Yeung, will be showing her fused glass and jewellery, and the photographer Nicola Taylor (showing at Fresh Filling) will also show some of her work here.
Tell us something we don’t know
I came to the art world accidentally, after a 20-year career in IT which ended in a breakdown. Art therapy “mended me” and set me on the path to a whole new life. Working a few hours a week at ARC – Arts for Recovery in the Community – in Reddish is possibly the most rewarding aspect of my work.
Thank you Sylvia!