We are thrilled to have a new guest maker in Fig this month
Louise Hall's delicate, summery, coloured porcelaine vases , pots and mugs are now in stock!
We asked Louise to answer a few questions about her work, process and inspiration and here's what she wrote:
Firstly please can you introduce yourself
Hello! My name is Louise Hall and I create textured porcelain pieces from my studio in Cardiff. I use a slab building method, rolling the clay on my slab roller, then sliding in the lace or wallpaper- It’s very satisfying peeling it back to reveal the newly textured clay. My work is not perfectly shaped; in fact I actively make them imperfect, some are hit and manipulated with my slabbing lath (stick) whilst others are cut and folded over. I also love colour, too, and have put together a colour palette I’m super pleased with for my latest collection of functional pieces.
Can you talk us through the process of creating a piece of of your work?
I mentioned a little about it above, but every design always starts off as a paper maquette. I make a point of accentuating all the joins, too, so that the observer can see how it was put together. The more sides and joins it has, the higher the ‘death rate’, or so I call it. Porcelain is a beautiful material to work with, but once it’s made up its mind, it is a stubborn one too! I have to dry the work out incredibly slowly to lower the risk of cracking. As for glazing, I either pour, dip or spray, depending on the piece.
Where do you find inspiration?
I’m not sure if this strictly classes as inspiration but I love the idea of challenging peoples preconceptions of porcelain, ceramics and tradition; the idea that something can look soft when it is actually hard; captured in a moment of movement, frozen in time in the kiln.
I find inspiration for textures from all around (including nature’s decaying and fragile structures, to more man-made and designed inspiration like wallpaper, lace, paper, etc. For colour inspiration I love looking through interior and fashion magazines, looking in gardens; tended to and cultivated or more wild and free.
Describe your studio or workspace?
I’m fortunate to be a member of ‘Fireworks Clay Studios’, where we are approximately 16 makers, predominantly specialising in ceramics. I have a small but wonderful space towards the back, next to the magnificent Jin Eui Kim. My walls are covered in postcards, magazine articles, photos, etc and shelves are lined with current stock, some seconds and pieces I hope to return to one day. The corrugated roof makes for interesting listening when the sea-gulls are up there having a chat or a fight! We are right by the main train line into Cardiff, too, so sometimes when a train goes past, everything jumps about a little. But not to the extent in Mary Poppins!
Who inspires you? Who are your favourite makers ?artists?
I love the movement of Margaret O’Rorke’s sculptural porcelain lights; the bold colours of Clarissa Hulses’s textile designs; the subtle, understated elegance of Rebecca Callis’s glaze colours on her porcelain pieces and the ‘thinness’ and delicate nature of Danish ceramicist Inge Vincents.
Do you have a dream or goal you’d like to share with us?
To be financially self-sufficient in this wonderful world of contemporary craft is the big dream.
Do pop in and see Louise's beautiful work when you can, she will definitely be with us until the end of September.
Her pieces would make wonderful gifts, perfect wedding presents or something for your own personal ceramic collection-don't miss her!
To find out more about Louise you can visit her website:
Posted by Katie Wallis