Creating wild, but delicate-looking, hand-built ceramics I use glazed and un-glazed porcelain to construct beaten, distorted forms with soft curves and interrupted contours.
I like to engage physically with the raw material, pursuing a careful balance between fragility and bold strength, while the firing process enables the clay to develop a more undulating, independent sense of self. I’ve learned to push the translucent nature of fine porcelain to its full and extraordinary extent, producing some illusory effects in form and texture that are totally unlike clay.
Newer work bridges the gap between decorative aesthetics and functional pieces, with the addition of plates and mugs to my collection. A specific colour palette has been produced and with the addition of gold lustre, a little bit of luxury can be brought out in the every day.
As The Crows Fly- Bee Hayes
As the Crow Flies is a design business run by Bee Hayes in Bristol, specialising in handmade ceramics and illustrated homewares. Mainly producing hand-built and hand-thrown ceramics with distinctive ranges in porcelain and earthenware, a plethora of original, hand-drawn illustrations are also hand-applied and fired in-house onto fine bone china, and made into tea towels, screen printed in the UK.
With a background in Fashion Design, designing for the boutique brand Whistles, followed by work as in-house graphic designer for an international NGO Bee has come to ceramics and homewares as an ideal medium with which to see the creative process through from initial idea to finished product. This allows for unlimited scope and freedom in product development and experimentation.
As the Crow Flies is based in a beautiful little studio space at Maze Studios in Bristol.
Lucy's ceramic work is both decorative and functional: simple, wheel-thrown vessels (bottles, bowls, vases and jugs) which are useful but also have a sculptural, still-life appearance when grouped together. She is inspired by Giorgio Morandi's paintings, her work to has a similar sense of quiet harmony of form and colour.
Her vessels are thrown on the wheel using white earthenware clay. She developed a semi-matt earthenware glaze, smooth to the touch, to which she adds oxides and stains to obtain a wide spectrum of colours.
She studied Ceramics at Wimbledon and Camberwell Art Schools, graduating with a BA Hons in 1996.She is based in Farnham , Surrey
Louise Hall- porceline tableware
Louise Hall- porcelaine vessels
As The Crow Flies- Bee Hayes