Elaine ColesCeramics



Danesfield Adult Education

Langley College, Langley Bucks

Goldsmiths College, University, London

Diploma in Ceramics

Artist’s Statement

After many years of making high fired decorative stoneware my current work is smoke fired, porcelain, thrown on a wheel, the pot is then burnished, and layers of terra-sigillata is applied, polishing in between each layer, giving the pot a high sheen.  I fire in saggars, and a raku kiln leaving the smoke and flames to dance over the surface creating unique marks.

I find the combination of the smoke and clay fascinating it gives my pots a sophistication, whilst using a fundamental and primeval approach.

Continuing my love of colour I also make traditional glazed raku pieces, using a raku clay. I sometimes, incorporate precious metal clay and gem stones.

Now I have gone back to glazed stoneware & porcelain, incorporating digital transfers of my original digital print work with both gold and coloured lustres.  With this way of working the pots have multiple firings building up layers of colour and pattern.

Saggar Fired

Naked Raku

Glazed Raku

Selected Galleries

Brewery Arts, Cirencester

Lizard Gallery, Farnham

Century Gallery, Datchet

Guildford House Gallery, Guildford

Harvey Gallery, Guildford

CPA Members Exhibition

Windsor Street Gallery, Chertsey

Fountain Gallery, West Molesey

Bank Gallery, Chobham

Hampshire Artists Gallery, Selbourne

Lightbox, Woking, Surrey

Rippingham Art on-line Gallery

Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park.

The Arundel Art Room.

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