Polly Fern is an illustrator, ceramicist and canary keeper based in Norwich having graduated from Norwich University of the Arts. Her work is inspired by her childhood, discovering and sharing local stories, particularly garden stories and folk art. Polly grew up in the Norfolk countryside but now lives in Norwich. Wildlife is always present in her work.
Ros Arrowsmith studied BA(Hons) Decorative Arts at The Nottingham Trent University, 1999-2002, where she specialised in ceramics and learnt to throw on a potter’s wheel. Following her studies, she had an adventurous few years, living in various places including Japan for two years and northern Spain for a year, teaching English, and traveling to many more countries.
She specialises in thrown tableware made from stoneware clay. She is influenced by the behaviour of the clay when manipulated after throwing and by the way glazes behave on their own and when put together. Her work is simple and tactile.
Karen Downing gained a BA from Georgetown University Washington, DC, served two apprenticeships with potters on the east coast of America and worked at Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina) before settling in the UK.
Her hand thrown porcelain is included in many private collections and has been widely exhibited in the UK, as well as in Europe, Japan and the United States. She is a member of the Craft Potters’ Association and is on the Crafts Council’s ‘Index of Selected Makers’. Karen lives and works in the Brecklands.
Laura Huston is showing a mixture of work some employing the technique of sgraffito to embellish the surface. Sgraffito means scratching a pattern into the slip, that has been applied to the leather hard clay body, to reveal the clay colour beneath. Her continual experimentation achieves a subtle individuality.