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Ann Bates

Living and working from her cottage in the beautiful Lumsdale valley of Matlock, Ann creates hand built, contemporary ceramic vessels and tiles.
 
Each piece is either coiled or slab built using a variety of stoneware clays.  Colour is derived from oxides and carbonates, often added directly to the clay, and a few favourite glazes.  Before embarking on a larger piece of work Ann makes a series of tiles to test texture, pattern and glaze.
 
Impressions from seeds, shells and leaves decorate the work; and an interest in geological strata and ancient standing stones, with their carved decoration and symbols, is often present.
 
The resulting vessel forms are decorative, as well as being functional, and have been commissioned for various uses around the home and garden, including that of funerary urns and memory boxes.  The tiles have also become popular in their own right - they can be used as keepsakes, coasters or wall mounted pieces of art.
 
All work is high fired to 1250C.

 
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