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Contact Details

Studio: Sheen Pottery, Unit 5, 26-28 Priest's Bridge, London, England, SW14 8TA. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44(0)7887483275
Fax: +44(0)2088764392
Email:
Web-site: www.sheenpottery.co.uk/
Availability: Visitors welcome on weekdays. Please telephone first to avoid disappointment.
Joined on: 2010-10-28
Last Updated: 2013-03-05

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I make what I enjoy making, this is a privilege I am aware of and try to show my appreciation by making carefully, with attention to form, movement, depth of colour and following traditional and aesthetic beliefs as used by English Studio Potters and the great Japanese potters .
I am on a journey with clay, the moment I touched it and felt it slipping through my hands it spoke to me saying make something out of me.  It responded to my every touch, sensitively or dramatically changing shape.  
I think I can make any shape but strive to make a good and strong shape.  I know immediately when it is good and when it is not, when it is to be recycled or hopefully admired and fired.
I want perfection to start with but then I let the nature of the clay show itself by leaving throwing rings, spontaneous curves and finger marks.  I want to make an impact on the viewer using shape, size and colour.  I love the idea that all the materials and glazes are from the earth.  They are refined of course, but end up being a thing of beauty or a much admired and used piece.
I decorate using layers of oxides, slip with sgraffito and multiple layers of stoneware glazes.  Glazes are strong colours and deep in richness, interest and beauty.
My journey continues all the time, the ideas keep on coming.  I have been fortunate in my ceramic education and have studied and attended intensive workshops under a good few potters including George Wilson,  David and Margaret Frith and Derek Emms and recently Gareth Mason and Phil Rogers.
I am on a long path with far to travel and so much more to discover.  My work evolves all the time,  I hope this makes it seem fresh, surprising and different.

Current Work and Availability

Current Work and Availability

Current Work
Thrown and turned stoneware, functional, decorative and one-off pieces, very large bowls. 

Work currently available at:
Sheen Pottery, unit 5, 26-28 Priest's Bridge, London SW14 8TA. 
Contemporary British Crafts.
Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham. 

Career and Education Background

Career and Education Background

Hereford College of Art (Textile Design).
A career in management at the Chelsea Arts Club.
A second career in Interior Design specialising in putting colour schemes and pattern together.
Night School wityh George Wilson.
City and guilds Ceramics Level 3.
City and Guilds Glaze and Firing Level 3. 

Technical Information

Technical Information

Lindy uses a white fleck stoneware from Valentine's Clays. She makes her own slip colours and glazes, uses metal oxides for added decoration and fires in an electric kiln to cone 9.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

December 2010 - London Potters Morley Gallery Exhibition
November 2010 - British Contemporary Craft Fair, Chiswick Town Hall
November 2010 - Craft in Focus, Bank of England Sports Club
July 2010 - 'Art in Action', Waterperry, Oxon.
July 2010 - Barnes Fair.
June 2010 - ArtHouse Open Studio.<
> April 2010 - 'Craft in Focus' at RHS Wisley.
Dec 2009 - British Contemporary Crafts, Chiswick Town Hall.
June 2009 - ArtHouse Open Studio.
July 2009 - 'Art in Action', Waterperry, Oxon.
April 2009 - London Potters Selected Exhibition, Holland Park.

Awards

Awards

December 2012 Best Functional Piece for a large Teapot with slip and sgrafitto decoration at London Potters Exhibition.
December 2011 - 'Highly Commended' for teapot exhibited at the London Potters Morley Gallery Exhibition
December 2010 - 'Best Functional Piece' for a Large Thrown Bowl (55cm diam), in white glaze with iron and cobalt oxide decoration, London Potters Annual Exhibition at the Morley Gallery.  - Also won the Public Vote for the 'favourite Potter' at the same exhibition

Other Information

Other Information

Workshop Information

I am teaching ceramics at my workshop  at Sheen Pottery,  4 sessions a week with 8 students in a session from beginners to experienced. 

Teaching handbuilding techniques, pinching, coiling and slab bulding.  Along the way I teach textures in clay, decorating with slip, resist and masking techniques, sgrafitto decoration, then glazing techniques and oxide decoration.

Then I teach throwing on the potters wheel although I have only 3 wheels so its not possible to go on the wheel every week, this seems to work out as not everyone want to throw.  

Please check with Lindy for availability, classes are on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Wax Resist
Thrown
Painterly
Teapots
Teabowls
Kitchen & Tableware
Oxidation