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Jacqui Atkin

I have been potting for twenty years now and during that time the main focuses of my work have encompassed low firing techniques and especially resist Raku. However, in an attempt to move away from this extreme firing process, recent work has been exploring the contrast between textures along side or contained within a burnished surface. Using under-glaze for dramatic colour variations, my aim is to replicate, to some extent, the look of raku fired clay.

 I use all making methods, often combining techniques to create forms – moulded sections with slabbed additions, thrown sections with coiled additions etc., using a T Material/Porcelain mix of clay.

Inspiration for form and pattern is drawn from many sources but the view from my studio window which looks out over my garden and the woodland beyond in rural Shropshire has the most enduring influence, ever changing with the seasons, a rich palette of colour and shape. 

Before moving to Shropshire I taught ceramics in colleges and for the NHS mental health service which teaches art as therapy.  I exhibit my work in galleries throughout the UK and I have work in public collections at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the City Museum Stoke on Trent.

I am a professional member of the Craft Potters association and the author of four ceramic books:

‘Pottery Basics’ which teaches all the basic ceramic making and decorating techniques
‘Hand Built Pottery Techniques Revealed’ which, as the title suggests demonstrates hand building methods 
‘The tile artists’ Motif Bible’ – a catalogue of tile designs with instructions on how to create them.
‘250 Tips Techniques & Trade Secrets’ – a reference book for potters.

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