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Abigail North

"...each opening of the kiln feels like an unwrapping of presents; the process of beginning to throw a vessel on the wheel with my eyes shut , relying on my fingers to 'see', is like discovering an extra sense; the thrill of carefully and sometimes obsessively turning each piece until the shape and form of a vessel is exactly what I want it to be never weakens; the experiencing of withdrawal symptoms when I can't  be in the studio for a period of time; the solitude, peace and privacy when I do spend time in my workshop leaving everything else behind for a while; the feeling that in making pots very little raw material is ever wasted and nearly everything is recycled when things don't turn out quite right; always thinking about ceramics as soon as I awake and if I can't sleep;  reading everything I can about the subject sometimes several times over; an overwhelming sense that this is what I really want to do and am simply unable to stop..."

Abigail studied ceramics in London and Devon and spent a year as a studio assistant to the potter Penny Simpson, before setting up her own studio on the edge of Dartmoor. Work consists mainly of elegant bowl and vase forms which tend to be finely thrown with narrow tapering bases.

Exteriors of striped earthenware and stoneware vessels are satin-matte, and interiors are glazed with a glossy transparent glaze. A ‘bubbly stoneware’ range is made from oxide stained clay mixed with the white stoneware clay body. Recent work includes a series of mochaware bowls and vases which provide a modern twist to this traditional decorating technique.

Work has been exhibited and sold through galleries around the U.K., via craft fairs and private commissions, and includes a number of pieces for the Gidleigh Park Hotel.

 
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