The Ceramics Studio

Home to the work of Grant Walker and Frances Wells

Grant Walker

works from a studio in the New Forest, Hampshire.

I hugely enjoy working with clay to produce beautiful, individual pieces. Throwing on the wheel and hand-building are both extremely tactile, and fulfilling when a nondescript lump of clay metamorphoses into a pot.

Before moving to the UK from Australia I had several joint shows with Greg Hyde, a well-known Sydney artist. Having spent several years doing a City and Guilds course in Ceramics with Brigitt Head, I taught adults at Chipstead Craft Studio in Kent with Tessa Oates. I now work from a purpose-built studio in the New Forest near Salisbury.

My work is available through Open Studios in Hampshire and by commission.

07950 041 297

Frances Wells

studied a City and Guilds in Ceramics during the 1990s and then set up her own studio in Sevenoaks, Kent.  Her work is in raku, stoneware and porcelain and is inspired by nature. Stoneware and porcelain creations are thrown, handbuilt and fired in an electric kiln to 1260° centigrade making them dishwasher, freezer and garden proof.

Raku pots are thrown in a more grogged clay to withstand the sudden change in temperatures.  Once glazed with a white-crackle, copper glaze or resist-slip they are fired in a raku kiln to 1000°C.  They are then plunged straight into sawdust, with the unglazed areas going black, and are then cooled with water.  Due to the low temperature used in firing, these are for decorative purposes only.

As a member of the Kent Potters Association she enjoys exhibiting with them in different prestigious Kent venues and also has work in local galleries.

Her work is available through Open Studios in Kent and by commission.

07952 480495