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Michelle Daniels

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open dates:
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artist no.
165
trail:
media:
Ceramics
website:
Website
linkedIn
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mobile:
07796 081377
landline:
01493 369317
address:
2 Harrison's Farm
Oby
Norfolk
NR29 3BW
wheelchair
Not accessible by wheelchair
directions:
A149 (Repps with Bastwick) turn right B1152 (Clippesby) continue 2 miles, turn right for Clippesby Hall, follow signs to Pottery
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I have been making pots for over 36 years.

My pottery training began way back in 1986 and comprised of a 4 year apprenticeship with a local Norfolk potter and subsequently 4 years of study at Anglia Polytechnic University. I then went on to become resident potter at a small tourist attraction in Norfolk for 7 years where I produced & sold a range of functional stoneware. Since then I have been developing my work in my small workshop in Oby, in rural Norfolk.

I now make two ranges of work – functional stoneware pots for use in the home and individual raku fired vessels.

My raku work consists of a range of both ‘naked’ and glazed raku vessels. My current work is inspired by photographic images of planet earth as seen from the International Space Station and also recent images of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno cam. Each piece is wheel thrown then decorated with terra sigillata slips, traditionally used in Roman pottery. I have adapted old English slipware techniques to create my own methods of decoration to illustrate surfaces in a 2-dimensional way as would be seen from outer space. Some pieces are then burnished, some glazed. Raku fired wares are usually still porous after
firing, but my smaller vessels have been sealed to make them water-tight for flowers which complements an innate aspect of my work to produce ‘useable’ pots. One of my ‘earth’ pots was recently bought by a customer working for the European Space Agency in the Netherlands and I also had the opportunity to meet ESA astronaut Tim Peake and was able to gift to him a piece of my work which was inspired by his amazing photography from Space.

The pots in my stoneware range are individually wheel thrown. Each piece is decorated with impressed decoration using stamps, cogs, buttons & roulette wheels which form pattern on their surface. They are then glazed with my own glazes to enhance their textural surfaces and fired to stoneware temperatures making them durable, functional pieces for everyday use.

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