View Image Gallery Anne James(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1452 813378 Email:
My first workshop was set up in Gloucestershire in 1976 where I made domestic stoneware and later small decorative pieces in high-fired porcelain. In1985 I became interested in Raku and smoked lustres and worked with glazed Raku for a time.
My current work is burnished and unglazed, thrown and slab built in porcelain clay. The work is fired at about 1000c and decorated with painting printing and resist techniques. The pots are fired again at about 800c taken out while still hot and smoked in sawdust. I am also now doing some new work which is saggar fired. Pots are set in clay boxes with sawdust, salt, copper and layers of sand and fired in a gas kiln. These firings produce a variety of soft marks and colours which are not predictable, but can be very beautiful.
My ideas come from many sources including the traditions of pot making which use burnishing, African, Native American, Indian and Mediterranean cultures. My interest in Ethnic textiles has influenced the surface decoration. Objects from Ethnographic and Archaeological collections, and at the other end of the time scale, modern architecture and sculpture, all feed into the system and over the years many sketch-books and photographs provide reference and inspiration
My work is
thrown and slab built in a fine porcelain clay. It is covered with
coloured slips and burnished. Burnishing is the process of polishing
the clay when it is firm but before firing, with a smooth tool such as
a pebble or spoon.
Fellow of Contemporary Ceramics.
Work has been exhibited at the following Galleries:
Examples of my work can be found in the following books: