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 recently returned to my first love - porcelain. I love the purity and the magic of its translucency, and am rediscovering how it responds to colour. I throw small pieces - bowls, bottles, tumblers & vases which may be altered, incised, carved or pierced, and have coiled or textured slab additions. Decorative ideas are drawn from features of the natural world - the sea, sky, shells and plants.
Recent work with grasses and seed head decoration uses the Mishima technique (slip inlay). I wax the entire surface, then carve through this into the leather hard clay. Black underglaze or slip is painted over and wiped back where it is resisted by the wax, revealing the carved lines inlaid with black slip.
Colours from the green/blue palette are achieved through copper and cobalt washes.
I use a glossy transparent glaze and some pieces are further enhanced with 9ct gold lustre highlights before a third firing to 770oC.
In contrast I also decorate using black slip with hand carved sgraffito designs.
I particularly enjoy becoming totally absorbed in the various decorative processes, which is by far the most time consuming aspect of my work.
I have sold my work to friends and acquaintances and started exhibiting my work at Anglian Potters’ selling exhibitions in 2017.