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Ceramics is hot property at the moment in Europe and this brilliant ancient craft is seeing a welcome renaissance. Here's our pick of some of the best and most creative potters from Dublin to Paris. We hope you'll be as inspired by their work as we are.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Made by the talented Ruth Power, Danu is handcrafted ceramic homewares made in Dublin, Ireland. Ruth draws her inspiration from both her travels and nature and says that in each object ‘echoes of ancient artifacts from diverse cultures can be detected’ from Celtic to Roman. Ruth also creates patterns in her ceramics like textile stamps and fallen coconut shells. The name Danu comes from the Celtic goddess of earth and creativity and the Hindi goddess of water, ‘three elements fundamental to the creation of ceramics’. Ruth’s latest collection the watercolour range was inspired by her trips to Paris and the dishes have rims that have been dipped in beautiful 22K gold accents.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Annemieke started out working in museums and owning her own shop but it wasn’t until she took a sabbatical and had some time to think about what she wanted to do creatively that she met a potter in Sweden. She describes sitting at the throwing wheel for the first time ‘I felt the clay in my hands, got tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my arms and knew… knew this was it. This is what I have got to do with my life’. She then spent many hours on the wheel to learn the profession of being a ceramicist.
Annemieke is inspired by elegant shapes, structures and nature; she writes that porcelain makes her feel fragile and light, while stoneware gives her the feeling of being grounded and connected to the earth. Annemieke has her own studio in Amsterdam on the canal, which she shares with three other ceramicists.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Stine Dulong works and lives in London and is the Danish ceramicist behind the brilliant SkandiHus. Stine previously worked as a lawyer but left to become a full-time ceramic artist. Her work uses natural materials and is both minimal and functional. She describes her work as ‘affordable, stylish and relevant’ and she wants to provide ‘minimal distraction, maximum functionality and beauty’. She re-uses materials whenever she can. Stine also works as a teacher at renowned ceramics studio Turning Earth in East London.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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After studying at the Glasgow School of Art, Adam has taught adult evening and weekend classes in both handmade and thrown ceramics. He now works in London and exhibits his work as a freelance ceramicist and sells his pieces. Adam also works as the Studio Manager at the Kiln Rooms, which is an open access studio in London’s Peckham Rye. He creates both sculptural pieces and thrown tableware and the ‘inspiration of architecture combined with the human form are very apparent in both’. In his sculptural work, he builds surfaces with layers of fine slip and fires them multiple times to create depth.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Multi-talented James Greenwood works as a vet in Bristol during the day and began ceramics over four years ago during evening classes. In 2015 James took part in the prestigious British TV programme The Great Pottery Throw Down, where 10 potters from around the UK competed to become the top potter and contestants were judged on weekly pottery challenges. James now works from a small studio in Bristol and produces beautiful ceramic ware. In his work James likes to create ‘textured, modern form through traditional methods’.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Chloë began her career in ceramics at BA (Hons) in Fine Art Ceramics in Galway and has studied art, design and ceramics for over nine years. With a landscape painter grandfather and grandmother, a craftsperson, Chloë’s interest in the art world began at an early age. She has exhibited her work across Ireland and has won both the Future Makers Judges Spotlight Award and the Irish Ceramic Awards Emerging Maker Award. Chloë works from her studio in Co. Wicklow.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Aurelie Dorard creates earthenware and porcelain pieces that are a beautiful mix of contemporary ceramics and art. She both lives and works in Paris and formerly ran a bookshop, Lazy Dog with her husband. She combines a variety of pottery techniques like hand building, slip casting and throwing in her work and then fires them at a high temperature. She makes both decorative and utilitarian pieces and likes the connection between her pieces and everyday life.