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Terri Holman | 'the making of pots as the centre of things...'

'Clay is such a wonderful material to work with.

I have always been a maker even as a child and the only subject I was really good at during my school years was art, so it was very natural for me to do my A-levels in this area. After taking a foundation course, which introduced me to lots of different materials and disciplines such as textiles, metals etc, I decided to specialise in ceramics and studied for a degree at Cardiff in 1980.
Clay is such a wonderful material to work with. The possibilities of manipulating forms and the different ways of mark-making are infinite. You also have the magic of the firing process. Transforming clay from something soft and fragile into something durable and permanent. I am still learning and experimenting, and feel as though I have only just scratched the surface.
My inspiration for the patterns was taken from textiles, oriental carpets and mosaics etc.

At college, my main influences were Lucie Rie and Hans Coper. I also remember a college trip…

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