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Handmade Ceramics

 

 Denise Brown Ceramics

 

I’m a maker of figurative ceramics  based in Edinburgh, Scotland.  My first introduction to  ceramics was many moons ago on a community Arts course. I progressed onto a HND in 3-d design course in pottery and ceramics and after that I gained a place on the Arts and Design course at ECA (Edinburgh College of Art).

My ceramics have evolved from the many studio workshops and also more recently as a  support worker in inclusion Arts 
This work in the community has afforded me a rich understanding of the uniquely different individual  learning experiences. 
When I’m not working in my support role, I spend many hours perfecting designs and thinking up more to produce. My work is available to buy on my online store and the  Mulberrybush shop (Garvald-Edinburgh).
When starting out in ceramics I foocused largely on throwing on the wheel but always enjoyed modelling clay and am delighted  to rediscover  handbuilding methods. 
I have found that the the simple methods of pinching/coiling /hand painting surface decoration relates to, personal expression and also has a positive impact on my health well- being and I am committed to  passing on these benefits. 

Behind The Scenes

Watch my process

Below is the typical process that I use when creating my ceramic items. 

  • I work with traditional methods and all of my ceramics are one-off hand-built pieces, with no moulds involved. I use combined methods of slab building, pinching, coiling and modelling; often experimenting with surface texture by layering glazes and multi firing to deepen depth and texture.
  • I use combined methods of slab building, pinching, coiling and modelling. I experiment with surface texture, layer glazes and multi fire to further deepen depth and texture.
  • I draw, collage, and use mixed media. I don’t sketch out ideas but rather ideas evolve from the exploration of themes I have worked on previously. My Ideas progress from design sketches which I develop into clay maquettes; , and some I  translate into a larger models.  
  • I use all types of clay bodies according to the appropriateness of it for whatever I’m making. Clay is so easy to make an impression on and the possibility to cut up / even break and reassemble provides endless possibilities. 

In the summer of 2021 I am hopeful that I will be take some pilot workshops in community venues and am really  looking forward to being able to pass on the excitement and fulfilling experience of creating ceramics.

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