I enjoy making pieces that are both functional and decorative. I use hand building methods and occasional casting rather than throwing and frequently puts textures on the clay before it is fired.

I have two main methods for introducing colours into the designs on her pots. Firstly I have developed traditional Devon slipware methods. The “Stupid Yellow Thing” (homage to Grayson Perry) is made in this way with the addition of gilding.

These tagine pots were decorated by inlaying coloured liquid clay onto a textured surface made while the clay is still wet.

 I have also experimented with raku firing in which metal oxides in the glazes are chemically reduced, sometimes to produce elemental metal. I have also tried obvara firing in which red hot re-fired pieces are dipped in a yeast and flour batter (yes, honestly), and then in water. This drives carbon onto the surface of the clay, often in some very organic-looking patterns.

Anna Grayson

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