Margaret Curtis’s richly textured ceramics celebrate the beauty of imperfection. Her thrown and altered forms, stretched and indented to introduce an element of unpredictability, explore the relationship of surface, shape and scale. Based in County Durham, Margaret layers slips and glazes to create tactile surfaces, creating objects with quiet nuances and a confident presence.
Peter Beard makes elemental forms with complex, vibrant surfaces. Working from rural Warwickshire, he follows his own exacting techniques to achieve these effects – using wax resist to create carefully controlled glaze patterns and grinding back layers of coloured slip and clay to reveal a composite of intricate textures. The varied surfaces form a cohesive style evoking the natural landscape.
Martin Pearce creates alluring sculptural forms that recall and reinterpret shapes found in the natural world. Working from his East Sussex studio, he hand builds these biomorphic compositions using slabs and coils of white stoneware, layering on slips and glazes to create subtle surfaces that enrich the forms. The finished works feel at once familiar and enigmatic.
Choose handcrafted this Christmas. Our annual holiday market – a Contemporary Ceramics tradition – returns with a gorgeous variety of giftable ceramics, all created by members of the Craft Potters Association. Pourer pictured by James and Tilla Waters.