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Joanna Oliver

After a degree in Graphic Design and a very long stint as an Art Director in London, I eventually found ceramics. I started my life as a potter at Standpoint Studios in Hoxton under the guidance of Nicola Tassie, later setting up my own studio in South Oxfordshire. 
  
As a small child I loved making mud pies, not much has changed. Potting has all the same pleasures plus the bonus of being able to make something too. It never ceases to amaze me the magic of creating something beautiful (hopefully) from a ball of mud. Perhaps this is only beaten by the moment you open the kiln after a glaze firing to see all the glistening hot bowls inside. Just like opening a treasure chest. 
  
There’s real alchemy involved with glazing, the unfired glaze bearing no comparison to the fired one. Glaze recipes are generously shared between potters – some that I use are oriental and have been in use for a thousand years. I particularly like ash glazes and that involves gathering certain wood types from the countryside around us and then reducing them to ash in our stove. Washed and sieved they become the all important ingredient.  
  
I work in various stonewares and porcelain and the results, I hope, are practical, lovely to use and pleasing to look at. 

Large Lidded cream jug, fat white glaze
14.5 x 9.5 cm
£ 80
Stoneware jug, Kate's dark green glaze
15.5 x 11.5 cm
£ 90
Large stoneware jug in fat white glaze
11 x 8 cm
£ 60
Large cobalt slipped jug with sgraffito
18 x 12 cm
£ 100
Large stoneware plate with a wild velvet black swoosh under ash glaze
34cm
£ 140
Large stoneware plate with a wild velvet black swoosh under ash glaze
34cm
£ 140
Large stoneware plate with horizon in ash and velvet black glazes
34 cm
£ 140
Set of six stoneware bowls finished in velvet black/swoosh under ash glaze
34 cm
£ 180
Large Berry Bowl
22.5 x 8.5 cm
£ 90
Large stoneware bowl with velvet black strips under ash glaze
26 x 10 cm
£ 100
Round stoneware bowl with sgraffito'd cobalt slip
17 x 9 cm
£ 50