TAKING INSPIRATION FROM NATURE
Hazel leaf imprints are emphasised with a green underglaze. Finished with a rich ‘flame’ glaze
SMALL AND MEDIUM BARLEY TRIPOD JUGS.
Ripe barley imprints and ‘barley twist’ handles.
SMALL FERN DISH
Imprinted with Warwickshire ferns. Glazed in a celadon with a white ‘bloom’, reminiscent of wood lichen.
Flower decoration inspired by Garden Cottage.
FROM RAW CLAY TO SOAP DISH
These images show the process from harvesting the poppy seed heads for imprinting, right through to the final glazed piece
The poppy seed heads are harvested. Raw clay is cut, rolled and cut to shape. Once ready it is imprinted (cornflour helps to get a clean impression). The clay needs to firm up before it is then ready to be shaped, feet added and further trimming and neatening. The first firing, at approx 1000c. Glaze is applied before the second firing, approx 1250c, which vitrifies the clay and glaze making it ready for use.
SAVE UP TO
I have always enjoyed making things and the appeal of working with clay has been especially enticing.
Following a career in teaching I decided it was time to move on and have been inspired to create A Crane Ceramics.
Much of what I do has been influenced by the beautiful Warwickshire countryside that I’m so fortunate to live in.