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: 2015-01-21

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

Current Work

Current Work

I make contemporary porcelain pieces for the home - candlesticks, vases and bowls. 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 pollen 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.
Old fashioned Roses Range                  
I love the full, flat blooms and intensely sweet scent of old fashioned roses. The double shrub rose, Charles de Mills has an intriguing spiralling structure of densely packed petals contained within an outer cup.
Sketching the rose gave me some appreciation of its complex form that I set about recreating in porcelain, building up layer upon layer of paper-thin petals. Over a hundred petals can go into the making of a single wall piece. A low firing to 1100 degrees leaves
the bare porcelain with a slightly pink tinge and draws attention to the deep relief.
A new twist to the theme is given by the use of dry textured black clay. In it’s raw state it is chocolaty brown and matures to black when fired at high temperatures. Black roses add a chic embellishment to white porcelain bowls
and vases, giving them a contemporary urban edge – as if dressed for dinner.
Old Fashioned Roses wall pieces are available with white or black roses. Unashamedly romantic, they are lavishly adorned with sprays of roses in deep textural detail.
A simple motif of two white roses is used to decorate bowls and vases.
The new shallow oval bowl has a wide flat base, thrown on the wheel then altered to create the form. 
Old Roses Jewellery    
Purity, strength and beauty – the qualities of fine bone china – white clay that fires to a matte finish with a high degree of translucency. As with antique teacups, if light chances to shine behind the work, it will glow with a seductive luminosity. Silver settings give sparkle and life to this range of romantic flamboyant jewellery that makes a stylish statement about the wearer.
 
Inspired by the spiralling form of the old English shrub rose, Charles de Mills, the roses incorporate massed layers of china. Strips of clay are rolled out by hand again and again, then pinched to emulate the delicacy of a petal that belies the inherent strength of ceramic material.

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 arranged weekdays or weekend – at Jill’s rural studio pottery in Ellerton, East Riding Yorks - Cost, currently (12/13) £30 per hour to include all materials and glazing and firing of 2-3 pots. Additional people just pay £15 per hour for the same benefits.
Childrens and Family lessons also available. CRB checked. (just visit my website or email me)

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

 

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Tullie House and Gallery, Carlisle Northern Potters Exhibition 2003
Pyramid Gallery, York Christmas Exhibition 2003
Solo exhibition, Ibson Interiors, York 2003
Pyramid Gallery, York Summer Exhibition 2003
Ideal Home Exhibition 2003 - Birmingham N.E.C.
Potfest in the Pens - Penrith - Aug. 2004
Clayart - Denbigh , North Wales - May for 2004
British Craft Trade Fair- Harrogate - 2004
Adze Gallery - York - Spring New Works 2004
Elemental - Exhibition at The Yard, East Dulwich. London - June 2004
Elemental - Exhibition at The Yard, East Dulwich. London - 2004
Millennium Galleries - Sheffield 2005
Pyramid Gallery, York Xmas and Summer exhibs 2003 - 2006
Mid-Pennine Art Gallery - N.P A Exhibition 2004, Christmas 2005
Maker of the Month at Ropewalk Gallery - Barton on Humber
Platform Gallery - Clitheroe - 2005
Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery - Wedding Belles - 2005
Clayart - Denbigh , North Wales – 2004, 2005, 2007
Freshly Fired Biscuit – Biscuit Gallery, Newcastle 2006
Earth and Fire - Rufford 2005, 2007
Northern Fire Exhibition - Oxo Tower Wharf - London 2005, 2007
Affordable Art Fair - London - March 06
ARTSPACE – Henley 2006
Henley Festival 2006
Art in Clay – Farnham Maltings 06, 07 - demonstrator and exhibitor
Art in Clay – Hatfield House 2006, 2007 demonstrator and exhibitor

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

Arts Council England - Yorkshire - Grants for the Arts - 2005
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