Celia Greenaway - Celia Greenaway Ceramics
I first learnt to throw as part of my teaching degree and have returned to ceramics in retirement. I work from my home studio in St Ives and fire in an electric kiln.
Having worked in white earthenware for several years I have returned to my first love - porcelain. Its smoothness, purity and translucency provide the perfect base for a range of decorative processes. I throw small pieces - bowls, bottles, tumblers, jugs & vases which may be altered, incised, carved or pierced, and have coiled or textured slab additions. Inspiration for decoration comes from features of the natural world - the sea, sky and hedgerows.
Colours from the green/blue palette are achieved through copper and cobalt oxide washes.
My grasses and seed head vessels are decorated using a variation of the Mishima technique. The entire surface is painted with wax resist, through which lines are carved into the leather hard clay. Black underglaze is painted over the carved surface and gentle wiping back reveals the carved lines of the decoration. Bisque firing to 1000oC burns away the wax, leaving the pieces ready for glazing.
Some pieces are glazed with transparent glaze while others are left unglazed on the outside, before firing to 1260oC. 22ct gold lustre highlights may be added before a third firing to 780oC.
I particularly enjoy becoming totally absorbed in the various decorative techniques, which is by far the most time consuming aspect of my work.
I sell my work from my studio, at Anglian Potters’ selling exhibitions and through Le Strange Old Barns Antiques and Craft Centre in Old Hunstanton, Norfolk.