Hi there, my name is Joanne and I’m a ceramicist from Leicester. I work from a small independent studio in Clarendon Park called Eskimo Blue.

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My work

My original range references traditional tableware by using flower decals and gold lustre. These are brought to the present by putting them in unconventional places. My aim is to make pieces that can be cherished on a visual and functional level. I make pieces that embrace the making process and invite use. The collection includes mugs and cups, bowls, jugs, bottles, pots, and jewellery, including brooches, necklaces and earrings. Most pieces are thrown on the potters’ wheel. Handles are made using handmade press moulds made from found handles. These are decorative and by leaving the excess clay on, or showing the seams, it gives an interesting balance between rough and refined. Each piece has a different body, handle and decoration combination. This means that each vessel is unique, inviting each person to find one special to them.

I have some new ranges coming soon. Check the blog posts for updates on my tests and new items!

My background

I’ve always been creative. I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to choose creative subjects at school and college. From choosing 3D art at GCSE, then Sculpture and Ceramics at A Level, I went on to study my Art Foundation at De Montfort University, concentrating on 3D art. Loving all aspects of 3D art, I chose The University Of Hertfordshire studying Applied Arts. Read more