Materials: stoneware clay blend, wild clay and kaolin slip
Method: hand-built and anagama-fired
A striking full-bodied jar, hand-built by artist Nancy Fuller, with a grainy textured surface made from her own stoneware clay blend, wild clay and a kaolin slip. This form is beautifully asymmetrical, with a prolonged opening which sits flawlessly. The curves move into a narrow base, achieving perfect balance. Light in colour, the contrasting tones are as a result of the anagama firing process, celebrating irregular surfaces and echoing ancient pottery. The artist’s confidence in experimenting has allowed her to be risk-taking and make new discoveries in her work, such as this beautiful form.
About the Artist:
Nancy Fuller is Taiwanese by birth and raised in Scotland. After training as a printmaker, she discovered wood-fired ceramics when she returned to Taiwan in 2000 to study Chinese Mandarin.
All of Nancy's pots are fired in her anagama which she was able to design and build herself through the financial support of the Scottish Arts Council. The ancient forms of the Japanese tsubo and kame continue to inspire her, not only visually but also physically. The spatial awareness of the pots that comes through making, carrying and firing them gives them an almost human dimension. Coiling gives softer outlines which change further during the firing process, helping her achieve the natural quality she's looking for. The clay is the starting point for all her work and through her choice of raw materials combined with her firing technique she has developed her own wood-fired aesthetic.