Lucy Bell

"I love the elemental aspect of pottery, connecting with earth, air, water and fire"

I mainly work in stoneware, creating functional tableware. Recently I have been exploring more decorative pieces with textures and firing outdoors in a barrel. This gives a variety of effects with each piece being unique and unable be replicated. When approaching ceramics, I often feel like a small child in a sweetshop, so many flavours, so many different things to try. It can feel daunting with towering jars above me, forever reaching for new flavours. When I am working with clay, everything disappears. I am totally enchanted. My work is a practice of loving, nurturing and creating something into being, then totally letting go of all expectations and attachments (at least I try) as that piece enters the kiln/fire and is transformed into something new and often unexpected. I love the elemental aspect of pottery, connecting with earth, air, water and fire. It helps me to feel present in my body, noticing every movement and the effect that has on the clay.

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