Open Studio for Merton Arts Festival 2019
This weekend kicked off Merton Arts Festival and so the studio has been open for visitors to come in to see and purchase Clover and Emilia’s work as well as some pieces by students. Most of the wheels were superseded for the weekend by tables displaying all manner of pots, cups and more.
As you entered the studio, the first display was a collection of many of Clover’s small plant pots and vases, each truly unique and showing a real variation in shapes and decoration. I loved how Clover had set them out with flowers and succulents, especially the sunflowers grown on her very own allotment!
Turning right into the studio, the next display showed Clover’s range of tea cups in a number of different glazes. To the left was her new collection of plates, bowls and mugs with a blue, mint and oatmeal glaze combination inspired by a visit to the seaside. This is one of my favourites as I love how the glaze runs down into the bowls and mugs creating a wave effect just like the sea. Above were examples of saggar-fired vases, some with a beautiful, metallic, silver-red effect, and some where leaves and foliage have been tied to the pot during firing so you can see a smoky outline of fern fronds.
Clover’s display also showcased her raku work showing the completely different effects you can produce with this firing technique. The glistening copper and green vases stood in stark contrast with the smooth-yet-cracked appearance of the black and white naked raku vases.