Q&A Ceramicist Barbara Chadwick


What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I make handmade pots which I turn into Birds, working with Grogged clay and Porcelain clay. I use the pinch pot method, joining them together making an egg shape, then working them into Birds.

Some are fired by the Raku method, which takes the pots from a very, very hot kiln placing it in sawdust giving me the lovely colours that you get with Raku. The Porcelain Birds I make I carve into them then add colour and glaze in an electric kiln.


What 5 words best describe your work?

Colourful,   Tactile,    Affordable,     Different,    Beautiful.

Do you have any design heroes?

I Love Giacometti stretched figures , also John Maltby work .

Where is your studio?

My Studio is in the Garage In my garden, which I share.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Coffee, radio, tidy, wedge clay, pinch pots, join shape, bird.

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work? 

I have been making some different for Christmas.

What will you be selling at YULEDO? Anything new?

Birds will be coming with me, I have also been making Angels and Christmas trees.

If you won £100 which artists work would you buy at YULE DO?   

I would treat myself to something from Designs by Mia.

Tell us something we don’t know

I lived in VENEZUELA for three years visiting a lot of potters which sparked my interest.



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