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ceramic artist and potter jon williams in his eastnor pottery studio herefordshire

ceramic artist and potter jon williams in his eastnor pottery studio herefordshire potter sarah monk ceramics in her pottery studio eastnor pottery herefordshire

Over the years we’ve collaborated with many talented and creative photographers to document our ceramics and social engagement practice.

Our current go to professional is George Nash AKA Beyond The Beaten Path.

George is communicative, super efficient and fun to work with. Can’t rate his photography and video making highly enough.

Love these ‘artist in the studio’ portraits George took of Sarah and myself a little while ago.

cheese dish by herefordshire potter sarah monk

cheese dish by herefordshire potter sarah monk

Sarah’s new designs are on display at Contemporary Ceramics Centre, the only retail Gallery in London specialising exclusively in British Studio Ceramics.

She has two new collections on show until the end of December 2020:

Breakfast Ware consisting of querky espresso cups, wobbly looking egg cups and an interesting collection of cereal bowls. The image above is a slipware cheesedish most definitely the biggest pinch pot item she’s made!!

Bathroom Ware consisting of hand built ceramic soap dishes of varying shapes and sizes, including her popular soap pillows and a selection of hand thrown toothbrush mugs.

hand made bathroom ceramics by herefordshire potter sarah monkcraft potters association logohand made egg cups and espresso mugs by eastnor potter sarah monk

The Gallery is run by the Craft Potters Association, of which Sarah has been a selected professional member for over 25 years. They set it up as a ‘benchmark for current practice in studio ceramics and with regularly changing display’  It’s always possible to purchase  a wide range of work from functional tableware to individual collectors pieces.

Sarah’s new work can be purchased from their own online shop here!

Sarah was also invited by Contemporary Ceramics Centre to write about her design process on their blogspot which can be viewed here!! It’s titled ‘In Conversation with Sarah Monk’.

Sarah also has a SHOP on her website and she will be stocking shelves very soon!

 

sarah monk from eastnor pottery

sarah monk from eastnor pottery

Eastnor Pottery’s Co-Director Sarah Monk been featured in a lovely online magazine! It’s called Emerging Potters and contains 35 pages of ceramic artists, gallery news and book reviews.

Paul Bailey, the editor asked her six questions: how she got into ceramics, a bit about Eastnor Pottery, her influences, where she sells, how does she use social media and her observations of how pottery has changed in the last 5 years. Paul has put her answers into a beautifully written three page article.

The feature can be found in the April to June copy, Issue 18. The magazine is produced quarterly on the ISSUU platform. Paul is very happy to send a copy if you email: paulbailey123@googlemail.com

You can also follow Emerging Potters on Instagram here!

Thanks Paul!!!!

sarah monk potter and co director at estnor pottery and the flying potter in herefordshire uk

sarah monk potter and co director at estnor pottery and the flying potter in herefordshire ukJob Title: Co-Director

Job description: Facilitating experiences, managing the day to day running of the studio and maker of functional, quirky slip-ware.

Q1 What do you like doing when you are not working at the Pottery?

Kitchen dancing and zumba classes.

Q2 What is your favourite song of all time and why?

Wonderful Night by Fat Boy Slim. It’s such a good song, it gets you up and makes you move. Reminds me of Summery family life.

Q3 What is your favourite drink?

A nice drop of Merlot or Shiraz preferably

Q4 What is your favourite cheese?

Garlic Roulade

Q5 How many pairs of shoes do you own?

15

Q6 If you were an animal what would it be?

A squirrel

 

potter sarah monk standing in front of her ceramics at her studio on the eastnor castle estate

Contemporary Ceramics is a prestigious gallery in Central London specialising in studio ceramics. For the last 6 months Eastnor Pottery co-director Sarah Monk has been developing a new a collection for exhibition at the gallery.

The work features new colours, new clay, new techniques, new slips and new glazes. The work is on show until the end of October 2018.

Here’s an extract from the article she composed for the Gallery blog.

“Creating the collection has been a winter-evening pursuit, when our busy Studio is closed to customers. By day we offer Pottery Experiences, and have been doing so for the last 24 years. Having just a few hours at the end of a busy day really focuses the creative process for me!

I am a designer-maker specializing in functional ceramics to fit comfortably in the home, particularly the kitchen (my favorite room in our house).

Breakfast has been my starting point; berry bowls and spoons, toast racks and knife rests, egg cups with decorative storage boxes and bowls of all shapes and sizes. The whole range is mix and match.  

Growing up, my Mum collected Watcombe Pottery. Over the years she managed to collect more than 400 pieces and they over-flowed from two dining-room dressers in our kitchen. I remember showing it to my school friends and enjoyed reading all the sgraffito sayings and looking at the vibrant slip-trailed patterns. My plan this year has been to fill a dresser at Eastnor Pottery with my own slipware designs, reveling in the easy-going feel of a country potter. In fact, I have already filled this dresser…..maybe I need to get a second one too!

When making my own work, my approach is relaxed and playful, and I hope this translates through to the finished pieces. I love our studio workshop and make full-use of our facilities; from the electric potter’s wheels to the table spaces for hand-building and modeling – whatever takes my fancy! Slips are brushed on, sgraffito designs drawn into the surface and spriggs applied, making the pieces tactile, a deliberate consideration. I restrict my pallet to blue and white slip on terracotta clay; it links everything together and has a country cottage appeal. All of my making happens at the wet clay stage. After a biscuit firing I don’t add anything else to the surface except for a simple lead-free glaze.”

 

contemporary tableware by herefordshire potter sarah monk

More work can been seen on Sarah’s Instagram.