Hesketh Potters Supplies Makers page
Makers
We often receive requests from the public, asking if we know of a potter from whom they can commission a piece of work, and from gallery owners wishing to invite makers to participate in an exhibition etc.. We will now be able to direct them to this page.

If you wish to be included then please contact us.

If you can link to Hesketh PS from your website that would be great but there is no obligation to do this.



Victoria Atkinson

 Victoria Atkinson
Victoria Atkinson took her sculpture degree at City and Guilds of London Art School in the late 1980s where the emphasis was on a classical training in life drawing and sculpture. Her work has evolved to take on a lighter, more whimsical style which very much reflects her own personality.

“Victoria’s figures ooze attitude and make you laugh out loud. She and her work just gel, both having a sense of frivolity and honesty.”
Trayci Tompkins, National Ceramics magazine, South Africa


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Sylph Baier

 Sylph Baier Ceramics
Sylph Baier’s interest in producing functional tableware originated in Germany whilst working in advertising, mainly displaying ceramics. Her love and passion for food, backed by a visually exciting eating culture, has led her to invent many beautiful ranges over the years.

Sylph Baier’s “Lift” range is mainly form based, taking the material to its limits and constantly exploring functionality and purpose. The soft, tactile glaze is available in seven colours. Sylph specialises in making bespoke tea and dinner sets and enjoys creating specialist objects for customers, from tulip vases to honeycomb pots.

“I’m currently developing a new range in porcelain. Had my first reduction firing out the other day and the glazes were creamy and ‘dreamy’ – this new range will be called ‘Milk and Honey'”.


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Anne Barrell Ceramics

 Anne Barrell Ceramics
Anne Barrell studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and established her studio at Cockpit Arts in London before moving to Eastbourne in 2004.
Ceramics are inspired by British ceramic and maritime heritage. Plates, bowls and rum cups with sgraffito decoration and images of boats, ships and landscape.

The ceramics are made from red earthenware clay on the wheel and hand built from slabs, and then painted with a layer of white liquid clay known as slip. Images are scratched through the white layer revealing the red clay beneath.


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Adrian Brough

 Adrian Brough
Adrian’s introduction to pottery at seven years old, was through his father Alan Brough who was working at the Leach Pottery. He earned his pocket money by glazing and stacking the kiln at his father’s pottery in Newlyn.

In 1984 he completed a four year course at Cornwall Technical College where he learned to throw with Bill Marshall, his neighbour in Lelant. Initially, he worked at his father’s pottery in Newlyn and in 1990 built his own studio in Lelant and using traditional techniques started producing a range of decorative high-fired earthenware. His influences are Chinese, Korean and Portuguese and his designs are inspired by his environment.

His work is sold through local galleries, and is widely exhibited both at home and abroad.

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Elaine Bolt

 Elaine Bolt, ceramic artist
I am a ceramic artist based in Brighton.
I studied at UCA Farnham for an MA in Ceramics and my current work includes hand-built porcelain pieces combined with mixed media and found objects. I also make thrown vessels in porcelain and terracotta.

Collections and groups are central to my practice, allowing objects to develop connections between each other and with the space they occupy.

My recent work focuses on the local landscape and has led to a growing interest in the natural clays and organic materials to be found in the Sussex Downs and Low Weald.


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Barbara Collins

 Barbara Collins
Barbara Collins is a ceramicist who works in the Brighton area.
Her workshop, Circle Studio, is now situated at her home in Saltdean. Here she makes and sells her work and runs regular classes and workshops for adults and children.

Barbara's ceramics aim to convey a sense of peace and tranquility and are intended for indoor and outdoor use. Her present range includes garden 'ornaments'-mobiles and candle holders and she is presently working on some large one-off 'Goddess ' bowls....

Barbara hand-builds or molds each piece, impressing textures and patterns into the clay with plaster stamps she makes herself. Her inspiration is drawn from the natural world and the art of ancient civilisations , Egypt in particular. Her work incorporates symbols both in its decoration and form , the most recent being the lotus flower motif which represents purity, prosperity, spirituality and wisdom.

The work is fired to earthenware temperatures and some pieces are re-fired with lustres to create metallic or iridescent surfaces.

Barbara is happy to take on commissions.


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Candice Coetser

 Candice Coetser, Ceramist
Thrown Porcelain, inspired by the local Ashdown Forest landscape. Translucent and light, with simple glazing and brushed and etched detail.

Latest work is a series of pendant lamps which show off the porcelain at its best.

I make functional dinner ware, bowls, teabowls and small sake cups.

Please see my website for further details.


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Sabine Dahn, Light Ceramics

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I am passionate about sharing my love for ceramics with others. I have many years’ experience exploring the world of pottery with children, young people and adult learners in a variety of settings working either by myself or as part of a team. I aim to generate in my students a sense of curiosity, exploration and joy and to support each individual in finding their own creative expression in clay. Beginners and more experienced potters are equally welcome to any of my classes or workshops.

I start the journey of my own work with oil lamps and the world of light and fire. I draw on a variety of different sources within the fields of mythology, ancient cultures, in particular Minoan Crete, and spiritual philosophies to arrive at shapes, colour and personal meaning of my objects. My aim is to create an atmosphere of light that invites a peaceful reflective mind.

Sabine also runs pottery classes and workshops at The Bridge, Brighton .


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Tina Davies

 Tina Davies
I predominantly make functional ware thrown on a wheel with a red earthenware clay.
I then glaze it with a tin glaze which gives me a blanket of white canvas to play with colour and design. This work consists of three firings of an earthenware temperature up to 1120c.

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Denis Di Luca

 Denis Di Luca
My interest in ceramics began at University in Italy when I studied industrial design and began to discover the possibilities of combining clay with other materials and using specialist firing techniques, especially Raku, Naked Raku, Saggar Firing, Horse Hair, Obvara firing and Terra Sigillata to produce contemporary ceramic art.

Each piece I create is unique. The fusion of Italian design influences and traditional ceramic techniques adapted for contemporary tastes results in highly individual items for your visual enjoyment.

I produce a wide range of pieces from functional items such vases, lamps and bowls to art ceramics and sculpture. I am able to accept commissions, so please visit my website to see what I can produce and where I am exhibiting my work.

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Rosalie Dodds

 Rosalie Dodds
I have been making and exhibiting since 1993.

I use various ways of making, sometimes combining thrown work and handbuilding, then altering the form by squeezing and beating.

I am interested in surface texture and use silicon carbide slips and oxides.

More recently I have been using underglaze colours. Glaze used mostly is a white feldspathic with tin oxide fired to 1240 degrees C in an electric kiln.

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Phil Duncan

 Phil Duncan
Phil Duncan graduated from the Wood, Metal, Ceramics & Plastics course at Brighton Polytechnic in 1982. Following a career in retail management and then as a teacher of Art he has been working as a practising artist since 1996 from his studio in Lewes, East Sussex.

His truly unique handmade pieces of ceramic for the house and garden have a wide appeal that works on many levels. Subsequently, they have become popular with many private collectors nationally and abroad.

Keen to promote and encourage the work of local artists Phil formed the Sussex Arts Collective in 2006 and is currently the Chairman of the Management Committee for the Arts@theCrypt Gallery in Seaford.

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Maggie Edwards

 Maggie Edwards
Painter, figurative sculptor, teacher/artist in residence – schools/college 5-18.

Please follow website link for full details.


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Chris Ford

I make domestic stoneware pottery (details on my website).

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Joanna Goddard Ceramic Sculptures

 Joanna Goddard Ceramic Sculptures
I graduated from SIAD in Farnham in 1993 and have been making abstract forms for my own edification or to commission since 1990. I use earthenware and paperclay and reclaimed mixed materials and fire in my electric Rohde kiln. The image is Hidden Powers Sculpture.
Studio visits are welcome.

All equipment and materials are supplied by Hesketh PS.


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Tanya Gomez

 Tanya Gomez, Ceramist
Tanya Gomez hand throws porcelain vessels to create forms that capture qualities of fluidity and movement. Using vibrant glazes fired to a high temperature these tactile vessels are timeless. Each piece is finely crafted and original.

After graduating from an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, 2010 Tanya moved down to Lewes, East Sussex where she has an established studio. Here she runs one to one lessons and workshops.

Tanya sells work direct or from galleries around the UK and Internationally.


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Guy Holder

 Guy Holder
I make ceramic birds. I study them in the wild, and in museums. I photograph them and draw them. Then I put my research material away and start modeling to see what I come up with.

The result of this is usually a bird that is to a greater or lesser extent, fictitious but realistic, sketchy but detailed, earthy but expressing the lightness of plumage.


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Gus Hyatt

 Gus Hyatt
My thrown pots are individual pieces. I endeavour to achieve good proportional relationships throughout the form and a liveliness of lift and expansion. I attempt to create attractive surface qualities influenced by geology (rocks, pebbles, strata and the effects of erosion) and also by patterns of growth (lichens and mosses) that harmonise and enhance the ceramic pieces.

I work with stoneware and porcelain clays. I select, develop and make my own glazes and slips for oxidised kiln firings.


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Topsy Jewell

 Topsy Jewell Pottery
I have been potting since 1998, trained by ex-Aldermaston potter, Mohamed Hamid, in Lewes, East Sussex. My studio is in Lewes.

My hand-thrown pots are made from a white stoneware clay and decorated using a variety of glazes and decoration techniques. The glaze colours are derived from metal oxides or industrial stains. Fired to between 1260 and 1280 degrees C in an electric kiln, the vessels can be used in the oven and washed in a dishwasher.


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Deb John

 Deb John
I hand-build large bowls in stoneware clay. They are fired to a high temperature to help withstand British winters as much of my work lives outside in the garden and holds water for birds to enjoy.

Please see my website for more information.


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Phil Lyddon

 Phil Lyddon
I throw and hand-build in various stoneware clays, making bowls, vases and sculptural forms. However, my main output is concentrated on small-scale porcelain bowls. They are exclusively hand thrown. Because of the small size of my porcelain pieces, they are often thrown ‘off the hump’, which involves throwing up to nine or ten bowls from the top of a one kilogram cone of porcelain. After throwing and subsequent turning, I often distort the piece while it is still malleable, which increases the organic qualities of the work. I am inspired by natural form, colours and textures.

I glaze them in one of a range of semi-matt glazes and then re-fire to between 1230°C and 1260°C.


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Alice Mara

 Alice Mara
A Royal College of Art graduate, Alice has had exhibitions opened by Grayson Perry and has previously been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show.
Alice has recently produced five monumental pots that depict the coastal town of Eastbourne. Capturing the essence of place, Alice has modelled the pots Eastbourne Pier, the Bandstand and other architectural delights of Eastbourne.
Each piece is handbuilt and range from 30 – 50cm in height and width. The pots are glazed with a beautiful antique, crackled glaze. The imagery for the pots were from photographs taken by Alice, made into ceramic transfers and applied to the glazed pot.

Alice also runs classes in Tonbridge.


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Paul Morley

 Paul Morely
My work is informed by urban and industrial environments. Everyday places and spaces such as concrete staircases or carparks; spaces that are considered hostile and uncommunicative yet convey a wonderful abstract and expressive aesthetic.

It explores how architecture connects people to place and the uneasy feelings that occur in these spaces.

Formation, material and texture are considered in the transformation of these spaces into uncomfortable ceramic forms and sculptures.


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Thomas Morley

 Tom Morley, ceramicist
I am a self taught ceramicist working in Devon. I use red earthenware clay which is loosely thrown on an old treadle wheel and involves the use of simply coloured local ball clay slips with oxides, for decoration. Much of my work has sgraffito designs which are normally a representation of something in my life or shapes and lines that I find interesting. I also like to use my fingers and anything to hand to create a feeling of freedom and spontaneity in my finished pieces; some things I like to deform with my hands after throwing.

For me slipware is beautiful and holds infinite possibilities, I am sure there will never be enough time to explore everything in my head…


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Katrina Pechal Ceramics

 Katrina Jenkins
My Pots are thrown, sculptural vessels with a lava glaze.
I try to capture the essence of time in my work, something which, can be seen in weathered surfaces, pebbles or crustacean covered sea objects.
Pieces have a growing form and range in scale from 11cm high to 45cm high.

I am also making larger sculptural pieces on plinths, to stand amongst flowers and shrubs in the garden.


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Jim Pilston

 Jim Pilston
Originally I was an illustrator when I found my work was straying into a third dimension.

Wherever possible I use recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials.
Mostly using polymer clays, casting liquids each item is made, cast and finished by a careful hand.

My work is very immediate and instinctive, I don’t spend hours pondering a piece, I just start and see what, or who, turns up. The inspirations become apparent as the work emerges but themes and roots include English and German folk toys, popular art and illustration.

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Sue Ramsay-Smith

 Sue Ramsay Smith, Ceramist
My artistic journey was inspired by my mother with painting but once I touched clay I realised I’d discovered the medium for me!

The primordial nature of using clay appeals to my sense of tradition yet allows my individual style to evolve as I discover its varying qualities when thrown or sculpted. I embrace the dedication required to maintain the skills for throwing functional pottery but relish the freedom of handbuilt, larger scale organic pieces.

I enjoy making sculptural, oxidised stoneware with recycled glass for gardens and thrown, sgraffito, earthenware for local shops & galleries and am happy to do commissions.


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Shirley Scotland

 Shirley Scotland, ceramicist
I completed City and Guilds Ceramics 1 and 2 some years ago and also a 3D design course in the United States.

Having thrown pots for several years, I now make life studies in stoneware as well as teaching small classes at my studio in Mark Cross near Mayfield, East Sussex.


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Sussex Arts Collective

 Sussex Arts Collective
In 2006 Phil Duncan invited a group of artists and craftspeople he had met at Open House exhibitions to exhibit and sell work at the Old Fishing Quarter Gallery, Brighton. Later that year he invited them to take part in his own Open House as part of Lewes Artwave which went on to win the Best Venue prize that year.

The Sussex Arts Collective was born. The following years have brought together reputable, established and emerging artists and craftspeople, showcasing their work in high quality exhibitions and forging mutually beneficial friendships.


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Athol Tufnell

 Athol Tufnell Studios
I work spontaneously, allowing the clay to shape itself in my hands, with no fixed image in mind but working within the structure of the human figure. My longstanding interest in mythology, psychology and ancient culture can all been seen as influences in my work as well as a love of texture and a fascination with the power and beauty of the human form.

Raku firing is associated with spontaneity and experimental involvement. It is these qualities of chance and chaos that I am interested in examining through the medium of clay, the primal balance between order and chaos that is echoed in our everyday lives.

I also run sculpture and drawing classes at the St Andrews Place Art School in Lewes.


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Martin Tyler

 Martin Tyler
Martin makes reduction-fired, mostly wheel-thrown stoneware. He trained in Farnham under renowned potters Henry Hammond and Paul Barron.

Following a teaching career during which time he maintained his own studio, he is now focusing on his own work. Martin makes his glazes from natural materials including local clay and wood ash. These are applied when the work is still damp and all his pottery is fired just once.

Decoration makes use of sgraffito, paper and brushwork resist, combing and sprigging and colour is often introduced through the use of clay slips.


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