Lorraine Gilroy

I use Scarva clay to develop vases and dishes which are finished in a more sculptural organic way. Influences are wideranging, including ancient Chinese bronzes, the sweeping strokes of Eastern calligraphy and the immediacy of Australian aboriginal expressive colours, from some of my travels abroad. Modern influences include the work of Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Colin Pearson and Barbara Hepworth.

My base pots are thrown on the wheel and I am fascinated by the metamorphosis of clay; torn, ripped, combed and changed resulting from freedom of handling when drawing directly on clay surfaces used as a tactile canvas. This direct `truth to material’ approach has always been important, in knowing what marks to make and when I consider a pot to be finished. I use stoneware or porcelain and glazes/lustres depending on the needs of the work and its underlying theme.

My ceramics are in private collections in Japan, the United States, Hungary, the United Kingdom and Ireland. I exhibit around the Southwest as part of the Westcountry Potters Association www.westcountrypotters.co.uk . My work is available at Artizan Gallery, Torquay and I enjoy summer raku work as an Associate Member of Flameworks www.flameworks.org . I enjoy commissions and making pots in series.