HOW ITS MADE

Hello and welcome to Gemma Whitaker Ceramics!

I’m a designer-maker creating a range of contemporary porcelain tableware, home ware and jewellery from my studio in the market town of Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

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THROWING

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COLLARING

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A self-confessed pebble collector, I’ve always loved scouring the beach for interesting rocks. My work was born from a desire to mimic the fascinating patterns and striking lines of ‘wishing rocks’; pebbles which contain an uninterrupted line or stripe that runs around the whole surface.

 

My work is created with stained porcelain which is marbled together with plain clay on the wheel. The technique hovers between controllable and random with me able to manipulate the outcome to a certain extent. I quickly fell in love with the technique and the way the resulting patterns remain a mystery until the excess liquid clay is removed from the pots surface. Every piece is a surprise and no two pieces are the same. The patterns which run both through the pot and across its surface are often reminiscent of stormy skies and seascapes. Every piece has its own unique landscape and character, some subtle others bold.

 

My work is primarily thrown on the wheel but I also use throwing in combination with slab work and hand building for flatware and jewellery.

 

I aim to create simple pieces which add beauty to your home and can be enjoyed for years to come.