Hand built Naked Raku fired vessels. Occasional stoneware fired pieces.
Availability of Work:
Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton showing my Volcanic ceramics
Ayton House, Grassington showing my Nautilus Collection
Jim Robison, Booth House Gallery, Holmfirth.
I will be available for workshops next year.
Sea Pictures Gallery : Sea Nature includes Clare Wakefield ceramics
March 07, 2015 to April 18, 2015
Art in Clay - Farnham : Art in Clay at Farnham 2015
November 14, 2015 to November 15, 2015
I use Ashraf Hanna Raku clay which is very good for hand building and strong for the firing.
I coat the vessels with terra sigalata before biscuit firing to 1000c then cover the vessels with resist slip and resist glaze before Raku firing to approximately 850-900c.
The pieces are smoked in a variety of ways to achieve different results, whatever the vessel dictates really.
After working for a number of years in our industrial ceramics business, my passion was to return to hand built ceramics, slowly coaxing the clay into the desired form.
I set up my first studio in my cellar at home. My volcanic ceramics were inspired by a visit to Lanzarote where the sculptor Cesar Monrique had designed fabulous buildings to fit on with the volcanic landscape.
After showing this work I was invited to take an 18 month residency at The Sculpture Lounge where I have developed my Nautilus Collection and I now have studio space.