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Handmade Ceramics

 

About Denise

Handmade CeraMic Sculpture

I’m Denise, a Figurative ceramics maker  based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was introduced to ceramics while I was on a community Arts event  and went further to do an HND in 3-dimensional design course in pottery and ceramics. Afterwards, I gained a place on the Arts and Design course at ECA (Edinburgh College of Art).

My ceramics have evolved from the studio work I have experienced over some years and more recently in my career as a support worker in a centre which supports people with different learning abilities and  additional learning requirements.
I have gained an invaluable understanding of the  Individuals unique learning experience of individuals As a result, I have gained a good grounding in various pottery & Ceramics methods and processes, the pitfalls and the successes!
When I am not at work at the centre., I spend many hours perfecting designs and thinking up more to produce. I sell individually online at my online store and smaller pieces at the Mulberrybush shop part of Garvald organisation.
During my early learning, I focused on throwing on the wheel, itself an act of centring physically and psychologically and it has been slowly dawning that I find just as much joy in hand-building processes. The artistic process of creating ceramic sculptures provides me with opportunities for spiritual growth and personal well-being.
I have found that the the simple methods of pinching/coiling /hand painting surface decoration relates to,  and i have a deep commitment to passing on skills to others so that they may feel the sheer enjoyment and pleasure creating  stories in clay. 

Behind The Scenes

Watch my process

Below is the typical process that I use when creating my ceramic items. If you would like to build a sculpture of your own look at my soon coming workshops in late summer 2021. 

  • 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. I experiment with surface texture, layer glazes and multi fire to further deepen depth and texture.
  • I draw, collage, and use mixed media. I work in sketchbooks but don’t sketch out ideas; ideas evolve from the exploration of themes I have worked on previously. My Ideas progress from design sketches and develop these into clay maquettes; which may be later translated into a larger model.
  • 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. 

Very hopefully I will be setting up some pilot workshops in community venues as  and I look forward to meeting you to share an exciting and fulfilling experience of creating ceramic sculptures. 

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