October 18, 2018
Our artist we'll be featuring today on our #goldenharestories feature is Emily Doran. Emily's story is one about finding her place and niche within the arts industry, whilst being allowed to express her creativity. Emily began her journey studying 'Art History' at university, leading to what she hoped would be a creative career. Having landed a job within the arts marketing industry she quickly realised that this mainly entailed office work and became disillusioned with her job.
Emily decided to return to college to study Ceramics, striving for a creative life and a need to create with her hands. Emily fell in love with throwing on the potters wheel and has spent many years now perfecting the art of throwing.
"I loved the idea of making beautiful artistic pieces that would also have a real use in people’s lives".
Emily's functional tableware ceramics, make wonderful gifts and wedding presents. Emily works from her garden studio in South West London.
Starting with a flecked stoneware clay, Emily throws the initial forms on the potters wheel. The piece is then left for a few days to dry, when it will be ready for finishing by either trimming the bottom or attaching a handle by hand. Emily keeps the thrown lines on each piece making it tactile and leaving the potters mark on each piece.
The firing process is then implemented and once the kiln is loaded, the work is fired to 980*C in an electric kiln. This transforms the clay into ceramic, at this point it’s called biscuit ware as it’s still porous. Emily then glazes each piece by pouring or dipping it into a bucket at liquid glaze. It is then fired again in the kiln to 1260*C. Firing at these high temperatures makes it stronger and less likely to chip through sustained use. It's so important to use beautiful ceramics in everyday life and this couldn't be more relevant with Emily's pottery.
Buy Emily's work here: https://goldenhare.co.uk/collections/emily-doran
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