I am a ceramic artist based in East Sussex. Using my background in psychology and clay as my medium, I investigate the emotional and social issues that unite us as individuals.
The ceramic objects in my shop are from my ‘Ancient Toys’ and my ‘New Fathers’ projects. Each piece of work is unique and hand–built. I have never been interested in reproducing work so no two pieces are ever the same. All my work is infused with thought and layered with meaning.
Once I have a concept to explore, designing and developing ideas is a long process and involves a good deal of research, drawing and experimentation. I make my own press-moulds and stamps for each piece to give the texture that I am looking for and I adjust clay recipes and glaze recipes to produce the finish that suits the piece. Slab building and coiling are my main methods of construction but I also make plaster moulds from found items, which are then cast in clay and become part of the finished work.
I initially studied Psychology at Bristol University and worked in Further Education Colleges for 18 years. I went on to study Fine Art and Ceramics at City Lit College in London and then to complete a Masters in Craft at Brighton University. In 2019 I participated in the Craft Council’s Hothouse Programme.
Further Projects and Ideas
If you want to know about the ideas behind the individual projects, or you are interested in seeing more of my work, please head over to my website www.louisebellceramics.com