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Lou Lothian

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Artwork for Lou Lothian

Small jar with stamped detail. White satin glaze

Decorative vessel. Textured white matt glaze with gloss detail

Seed Pod forms. Cobalt detail

Ink Pots. Cobalt & Iron Oxide glaze

Carved Vases. Copper, Cobalt & Matt White glazes

Large Brushwork Bowl. Cobalt & Iron Oxide glazed interior

Set of 4 salad bowls. Stencil design with cream slip & satin glaze


How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I make stoneware pottery on the wheel. This is mainly functional ware such as large bowls, vases and jars. I am inspired by the land and weather that surrounds me now in Herefordshire and from my time in Scotland, and I am also influenced by my design background. This shows through in the decorative choices I make such as hand cutting stencils, making stamps, using slips, carving details together with the glazes I mix.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I see myself as a potter. I love the process of throwing a pot on the wheel itself. If what I produce is artistic, I think that is for someone else to judge, rather than for me to define.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

A studio potter using stoneware clay bodies to make wheel thrown pottery and occasionally some handbuilt ceramics for variety.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I run 2 and 4 hour Introduction to Pottery workshops at my studio in Leintwardine. I have two wheels so can accommodate two people at a time, and no wheel sharing!

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I went to KLC School of Design in Chelsea and trained as an Interior Designer. I practiced as an Interior Designer for 14 years, running my own business in Oxfordshire. Five years ago, having moved to Herefordshire, I took a Ceramics course. This then led me to learn to throw on the wheel and take further courses at Clay College, Stoke, including Wheel Throwing, Glazing and Glaze Making under master potters Andy Mason and Kevin Millward.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

This will be my first time exhibiting in public.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Direct from the studio, call ahead on 07976 288411 to visit.
Instagram: @LouLothianPottery

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