ABOUT

I am a designer maker of ceramics; I studied ceramics at OND and Degree levels graduating from Sunderland Polytechnic in 1991 where I gained a 3 Dimensional design degree, specialising in ceramics.

After moving to Manchester I continued experimenting with press moulding. Initially, a member of an artist co-op, but soon began working at The Manchester Craft & Design Centre in 1999.

I work predominantly in white clay bodies, Porcelain & Earthenware, which I manipulate and shape using plaster press moulds to produce textures and accentuate with oxide. My work involves experimenting with geometric shapes and some figurative images.

I use coloured slips, paper resist, under-glaze pencil, lace & wallpaper embossing and on glaze lustre decoration. When combined these techniques are a form of ceramic collage.

The shapes I use range from tiles to simple vessels to more intricate lidded box containers. I use these as vehicles to carry the decorative techniques.

During my college years I had studied 20th century art, so references to different schools particularly modernist styles emerge in the approach to composition and structure. Ideas are explored from quite elaborate patterns and colours to more simplified minimal finishes.

My influences include Artists Wassily Kandinsky, Antoni Tapies, Paul Klee & Kura Te Waru Rewiri and Potters John Maltby & Claudi Casanovas. I admire Japanese ceramics and I am especially interested in the Wabi-sabi aesthetic.

I have taught Art & Pottery classes for several years re-establishing processes covered back into my own work.

© Lee Page Hanson.