Elna Guy

Making pots is not my day job, far from it, but it has been a slow-burning passion for 20 years or so. I handbuild: slabs, coils and pinch pots and I started out, perhaps like most potters, trying to master clean shapes with smooth lines. And then I saw a couple of demonstrations (arranged by Anglian Potters) by Eddie Curtis and John Higgins, and they changed what I wanted to do with pottery.  They showed me something that I had been missing - the ability to let the clay speak for itself in the rough textures of slabs thrown on the worktop, the cracks and breaks that come naturally. I love the textures that can be achieved with clay and that is what I am exploring now in my pots.  I decorate with slips, oxides and glazes, trying to preserve and accentuate the rough and the smooth.  

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Elna Guy

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