Catherine Van Giap - fish panel
Catherine Van Giap
William Smith
William Smith
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Jill Crowther
Harbour by Lorenzo Gavarini
Lorenzo Gavarini
Shelly Perkins
Shelly Perkins

Lou Lothian

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Artwork for Lou Lothian

Lidded Canister with stamped decoration

Illustrated Vase

Serving Bowl

Slip & Stencil Bowls

Lidded Jar


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

I make stoneware pottery, primarily on the wheel. I am inspired by the land and weather that surrounds me now in Herefordshire and from my time in Scotland, but I am also influenced by my design background and enjoy incorporating pattern into my decoration. Recently I have been transitioning back to making more decorative pieces. Altering some of the wheel thrown pots and using layered coloured slips and hand cut stencils as well as some interpretive landscape work following the positive response to some initial pieces shown for the first time at last year's h.Art.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I see myself as a potter and I love the process of throwing a pot on the wheel itself. Producing a canvas to decorate allows me to indulge my imagination. 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?: 

I'm a studio potter using stoneware clay bodies to make wheel thrown pottery and some handbuilt ceramics.

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

My studio is in Leintwardine. When I am not making my own pottery I enjoy teaching and passing on the joy I find in throwing to others. I run:
- 2 hour Introduction to Pottery workshops
- 1 Day Throwing or Handbuilding Workshops
- 6 Week Beginners and Improvers Wheel Throwing Courses
I have four wheels so can accommodate four people at a time, and no wheel sharing!

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

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. After moving to Herefordshire seven years ago I took a Ceramics course. This then led me to learn to throw on the wheel, taking further courses at Clay College, Stoke, in Wheel Throwing, Glazing and Glaze Making. I continue to seek out ways to develop my skills, with this year attending a course at Wobage Pottery.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 


Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Direct from the studio, call ahead on 07976 288411 to visit.
Local pop up events. Advertised on my Facebook and Instagram pages
Instagram: @LouLothianPottery

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