View Image Gallery Joan Hardie(Full member)Tel: +44(0)7803 174120 Email: Web: www.bitterbeck.co.uk
My aims are to produce ceramics that encourage people to look afresh at the natural world and which are lively, interesting, accessible and affordable. My work is inspired by natural textures, colours and forms, particularly from trees, ferns, lichens and fungi. I enjoy trying to capture something of the feeling of a natural subject in clay, so that the ceramic piece becomes a celebration of nature.
I sell my work at my open studio at Bitter Beck Pottery in Cockermouth
My work is all hand built using a range of techniques, clays, slips and glazes to achieve the desired result. I use thin impressed slabs to make individual vases, bowls, hanging pieces, wall collages and small sculptural pieces. My work is fired in an electric kiln at 1240-60C. The wall collages are made as individual pieces and then cemented together onto plywood backings.
I started making ceramics about 40 years ago, firstly at evening classes, then in a shed in the back garden. I find working with clay absorbing and therapeutic and for me it is the ideal stimulus to creativity.
Nevertheless ceramics took a back seat to other work until in about 15 years ago when I saw a piece by Claudi Cassanovas in Barcelona and decided to be a full time potter. I eased myself into it through a few years of workshops at an FE college then took a year off work to do a professional development diploma for designer-makers.
A year later I opened Bitter Beck Pottery in Cockermouth, Cumbria, and gave up my work as a management consultant.
2007 Farfield Mill, Sedburgh, Cumbria
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: Bitter Beck Pottery, 11 Market Place, Cockermouth, Cumbria, UK, CA13 9NH.
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Telephone: +44(0)7803 174120
Availability: Bitter Beck Pottery is open to the public from Easter until Christmas. Please check my website for opening times.
The pottery is in Cockermouthís historic market place, in the North Western Lake District.
Joined on: 2008-08-05
Last Updated: 2013-03-07