Emily van Eesteren
I have been making ceramics for over 12 years. I sell through friends and exhibit in our local gallery in Shaftesbury, Dorset. I have done two exhibitions near Cheltenham.
I concentrate on texture using anything that has an interesting pattern and form. I am an avid collector of ‘bits and pieces’ from nature, and gather fossils, shells and stones from various beaches, along with ferns, leaves and flowers from my own garden.
The pieces I make, mainly bowls and plates, are raku-fired. The is an ancient Japanese technique that enables the potter to create one-off pieces. The pots are taken from the kiln while they are still red hot, and they are then placed in a material that easily catches fire, such as sawdust or newspaper. This process causes the glazes to change colour and create unique patterns.
A visit to Iceland inspired another ceramic collection. I was fascinated by the texture of lava and the colour of water reflecting up through the ice and snow. The resulting items are made in porcelain with lava-imprinted, manganese edges, filled with melted glass pools in the blue green spectrum.