Jill FordImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Providence House, Main Street, Ellerton, North Yorkshire, UK, YO42 4PB. View in Google Maps
Email:
Web-site: www.jillford.com
Availability: The workshop can be visited by proir arrangement - please telephone to arrange a time.

Directions: From B1228 turn left into Ellerton. Proceed through village past Boot and Shoe pub. Turn right at fork in road and Providence House is first house on left.


Last Updated: 2015-06-02

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

Established in 2001 Jill Ford Ceramics is based in Jill’s rural studio pottery in East Riding Yorkshire.

Jill has developed a national and international reputation for contemporary porcelain. She supplies to a wide range of nationally acclaimed galleries including The Hepworth , Wakefield , and shows at leading Ceramics and Craft Fairs.

Recent work is concerned with the beautiful characteristics of porcelain: it’s whiteness, translucency and fragile strength. The Barnacle Shell range is inspired by sketches of coastal rocks with their masses of barnacle shells. Tall Standing Forms and full round bowls are thrown as thinly as possible on the wheel then turned even thinner. The soft porcelain is then pierced and bored through with hundreds of holes, carefully stretching the clay until the holes are held together by delicate threads of clay. Once they are fired the pots become very strong yet retain their delicacy.

Candle holders are all made individually by hand from thin slabs of porcelain that are pinched finely on the rim. This allows light to glow through the porcelain. Masses of holes are pierced through the porcelain so that light shines through creating a pretty effect. The Bud Vase is pinched finely around the rim to create translucency.

All glazed inside and hand washable – designed to be used to hold food and flowers as well as candles or simply to make a dramatic visual statement to a living space

As each piece is made by hand they are subject to slight variations in size and surface.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Harrogate International Centre : WI Centennial Fair, The
September 03, 2015 to September 06, 2015

Driffield Showground : Driffield Country Fair
September 19, 2015 to September 20, 2015

Current Work

Current Work

I make contemporary porcelain pieces for the home. Porcelain is a fabulous medium - sensuously smooth to throw and with a density that allows for fine turning of graceful curves. My work is characterised by simple forms and pared back colour which together provide a foil for my love of richly textured surfaces. The intricate patterning on natural forms such as barnacle shells and sea urchins provide inspiration for decoration. The pieces are co-ordinated to work well in groups of different sizes and shapes or in a bold linear arrangement of a single design.
Barnacle Shell Range
Stunning statement bowls thrown very thinly on the wheel, then turned even thinner. Holes resembling barnacle shells with raised ridges are then bored into the surface. I carefully stretch the clay to make the holes bigger and bigger using a potter’s pin that creates the rugged shells.I aim to create more space than porcelain – taking the structure to it’s very limit, resulting in a beautifully feather-light bowl. As they are glazed on the inside, the bowls can be used to hold fruit or flowers and are hand washable.
Pebble Range
The Pebble Standing Forms are slender tall thrown vases that can be displayed singly or as a group. They are glazed with a subtle satin glaze and have delicately washed out decoration. Black ceramic stain is applied and then removed with water revealing delicate markings and beautiful grey and blue tones.
Gift Ware
Beautiful hand crafted porcelain vases dishes and delicate little egg shell tea light holders. Built from slabs of porcelain, the rim is then pinched to wafer thinness, then masses of holes are individually pierced and bored into the porcelain to create textural barnacle shells and holes.Can be used to hold fruit,snacks,flowers,candles or even salt and pepper.

Work generally available from:

Jill's work is on view at www.jillford.com and can be purchased by e-mailing Jill.

Work is also available from:
Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Biscuit Factory - Newcastle
Bottle Kiln, Derbyshire
Craft Centre and Design Gallery - Leeds
Pyramid Gallery - York
Kilkenny Design Centre - Kilkenny, Rep. of Ireland
Fotheringham Gallery - Stirling, Scotland
Whitby Gallery 
Anstey Galleries

Jill has written an interesting article entitled Origin - a Journey which I think will inspire those setting out on a similar journey today.

Courses and Teaching
Jill provides a range of throwing lessons. "I will carefully guide you through all the stages needed to throw a vase or bowl. At the end of a typical 3 hour session you will have produced 2-3 pots that can be kept and glazed and fired for collection later.
It’s great fun – messy and creative. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm and an apron.

Lessons available during the week, at weekends or in the evenings – at Jill’s rural studio pottery in Ellerton, East Riding Yorks - Cost, currently (14/15) £30 per hour to include all materials and glazing and firing of 2-3 pots. A second person just pays £20 per hour for the same benefits.
Children's Parties and Family lessons also available. CRB checked. (just visit my website or email me)

Courses recently are on:  Tropical fish; Medieval pitcher (1st session); Medieval pitcher (2nd session); Barnacle pots and in June 2015: 11th - Quaint Cottages; 25th - Reclining Mermaid (check for latest courses)

History

History

A Levels Bradford Girls' Grammar School
B Ed Leeds Polytechnic
Dip. Montessori Ed. L. M. C.
H.N.D. Design Crafts York College 2001 - 2002.
Activities
Artist in Residence - Barwic Parade P. School , Ceramics
Community Peace Project - Barwic Parade, Selby
Teaching
Primary schools, Ceramics clubs, Private tuition
Awards
Zelli Porcelain Award 2005 runner up “I Saw a Ship a-Sailing”
Arts Council grant 2002

 

Galleries and Shops

Galleries and Shops

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
Biscuit Factory - Newcastle
Rufford Craft Centre and Ceramics Gallery, Ollerton
Bottle Kiln, Derbyshire
Craft Centre and Design Gallery - Leeds
Cecilia Coleman Gallery, London
Pyramid Gallery - York
Kilkenny Design Centre - Kilkenny, Rep. of Ireland
Quinlans - County Cork, Ireland
Fotheringham Gallery - Stirling, Scotland

Memberships

Memberships

Craft Potters Association
Northern Potters Association
East Riding Artists - Professional member

Articles

Articles

Yorkshire Life - July 2008
Yorkshire Evening Press - July 2003
Hull Daily Mail Journal September 2003

Work Styles

Work Styles

Porcelain
Thrown
Rawglazing
Handbuilt
Vessel
Vases & Bowls
Sculptural
Lighting
Kitchen & Tableware