The Great Pottery Throw Down is a wonderful TV adventure that is educating and entertaining us in the ways of hand-building, throwing and decorating clay. Most of all it has proved that making great pots is not as easy as it looks.
To celebrate this great art I’ve chosen a few of my favourite Yorkshire potters/ceramicists. They are all part of a burgeoning “scene” as modern ceramics have become very collectable. The best places to find them on sale are in independent gift shops and galleries and at makers fairs. Tomorrow’s Crafts in the Pen at Skipton Auction Mart (November 21) looks set to be a great hunting ground and the The Art Market at Holmfirth, which is on November 22 and Novemeber 29, is also a good place to find fabulous originals.
If you want see some of the best examples of British studio pottery on display then visit the new Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery. CoCA’s collection is the largest and among the most important in the UK. Its latest acquisition is a ceramic figure by the inimitable Grayson Perry. There have been heated debates about the entry fee of £7.50, which is a bit steep, though it is a great place if you love pottery and art.
Jill Ford is based in East Yorkshire. I love her affordable, porcelain giftware dishes and vases, which start from about £12. She also does some wonderful nature-inspired wall art and bowls. If you fancy learning how to throw, Jill runs regular workshops at her studio in Ellerton. www.jillford.co.uk
Katch Skinner’s handmade, printed ceramics always make me smile. They are colourful and fun and are all made in Katch’s Hebden Bridge studio, www.katchskinner.com. Her egg cups are £10 and her mugs, £19. Katch is at Crafts in the Pen in Skipton tomorrow November 21.
Rebecca Appleby is one of our most gifted and original contemporary ceramicists. Her work is collectable and has a beautiful sculptural quality. She is based in Leeds and you can see her work here www.rebeccaappleby.co.uk
Jenny Morten is based in Bridlington and her hand-built vessels are made by inching an coiling, which you may know all about if you watch the BBC’s Pottery Thrown Down. I love the elegance of her work www.jennymorten.com