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Hannah McAndrew

My love for the material I work with has seen me move from a densely populated urban area, to this quiet corner of rural Galloway. After my degree, the desire to continue to learn about clay led me eventually, to find an apprenticeship with wood firing, earthenware potter Jason Shackleton. Jason introduced me to the techniques of slip trailing and sgraffito and the use of a flame burning kiln to fire them. These techniques have formed the basis of my work since then.

I make pots with a purpose, pots for use in the home. My work is thrown in red earthenware, decorated with coloured slips and covered in rich honey glazes. The decoration is applied to the surface of the pot whilst the slipped surface is still glistening wet. The nature of this means that patterns applied must be free and fluid to take full advantage of this state.

Firing in my wood kiln gives me a further connection to my pots that I don't get from the electric kiln. I have been intrigued and drawn in by the process of wood firing since I assisted at two very different firings whilst at university and then subsequently throughout my apprenticeship. I am so very excited by the adventure, what it holds and where it might lead me.

My passion is for domestic slipware pottery but I am also drawn to and fascinated by the technical and practical challenges presented by working on a larger scale. For this reason, my more recent work has involved increasing the scale of the forms that I love, to take them away from the constraints of function. I always consider that jugs in particular, in whatever style they take, have a strong anthropomorphic feel and I am working to bring them closer to human scale. Imagine a baluster jug of human proportions, that you could wrap your arms around!

In April 2011 I was invited to spend a month touring  America presenting a number of workshop demonstrations at Arts Centres and to Pottery Societies. I returned to the States in November 2011, when I was invited, along with 25 makers, to represent Scotland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

During recent years I have been writing articles for Craft & Design Magazine and for Ceramic Review. My work was featured on the cover of the July/August edition of the latter in 2012.

In 2013 my pots were exhibited in Tokyo and Osaka in Japan and Minnesota in the USA. I exhibited at high profile, selected shows in the UK, including Earth & Fire, Rufford, Potfest in the Park,  Penrith, Art in Clay at Hatfield House and Contemporary Ceramics at the Geffrey Museum in London. 2014 will see my work being shown in The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, Manchester City Art Gallery and the AKAR Gallery in Iowa, USA.

craft&design Selected Silver Award Winner 2009
craft&design Selected Silver Award Winner 2010
craft&design Selected Silver Award Winner 2012
craft&design Selected Gold Award Winner 2014
craft&design Selected Maker of the Year 2014
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