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‘My work explores the human experience of landscape through a single jar form. By incorporating stone and locally dug clay into the Jars I wanted to create a narrative that conveys a unique sense of place. The unpredictable nature of each jar comes from the inclusions, both in offcentering the throwing and the dramatic metamorphosis during firing.’
James makes wheel-thrown stoneware ceramics decorated with oriental glazes. Glazes are applied quickly by dipping, pouring, or brushing in different combinations. During the firings, the glazes run and fuse together to produce fluid, dynamic surfaces that complement the thrown forms. James is currently developing a new range of glazes using local materials.
Iron oxide in a variety of forms and particle sizes is central to Claudia’s work. The soft green shades of her celadon glazes are derived from additions of finely ground iron oxide to the base glaze; the same material, in the form of rust flakes implanted into the dusty glaze layer, migrates through the molten glaze during firing, thereby creating intricate markings.
After formal studies at the Camberwell College of Arts, London, Suleyman Saba pursued an apprenticeship with Kevin Millward at the Gladstone Museum in Stoke-on-Trent. A London-based workshop was established in 1997. A range of stoneware bowls, vases, and tableware is produced and decorated with celadon and iron-saturated glazes and fired to 1280°C.
‘My aim is to make pots which have simple forms with integral decoration and aspects which can interact with the environment in interesting ways; to try to express a balance between these dynamic qualities and a sense of stillness or containment. Colours are echoes from the landscape. All pots are hand-built by adding flattened coils to a pinched base.’