About Frances Pollard
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" I am influenced by my coastal environment, and the visual patterns I find in nature have always been at the heart of my strong emphasis on decoration.
The designs move between the illustrative and the abstract, influenced also by repetition in textiles."
Studio: Corfe Castle Pottery, Sandy Hill Workshops, Sandy Hill Lane, Corfe Castle BH20 5JF
Number: 01929 481073
In 1999, I established Corfe Castle Pottery at Sandy Hill Workshops to make and sell domestic tableware. In 2002, with other artists on site, I helped set up a co-operative, the Boilerhouse Gallery, situated next-door.
I studied ceramics at Bretton Hall College, part of Leeds University, graduating in 1990. After working at Beatenberg Pottery in Switzerland, I went on to further my training with an apprenticeship at Dartington Pottery, which included spending time producing their designs at Jussis Keramik, in Finland. Another apprenticeship followed at Selborne Pottery in Hampshire. Subsequently, a trip to Australia provided the opportunity to work in several potteries in Sydney, my birth place. At the end of my time there, I produced my own wood-fired pots at Strathnairn Arts in Canberra.
Consideration is given to producing work with simplicity of form and an emphasis on function. Pots are thrown on the wheel with handles pulled by hand. Over the years, I have developed a range of different designs. Pigments and glazes are used expressively for surface decoration with the palette ranging from the subdued to the colourful. They are applied with brush, slip-trailer and sponges, sometimes over wax-resist. For pieces commissioned to commemorate an occasion, calligraphy is done in fine brushwork. Pots are fired to stoneware in an electric kiln.
I am influenced by my coastal environment, and the visual patterns I finds in nature have always been at the heart of my strong emphasis on decoration. The designs move between the illustrative and the abstract, influenced also by repetition in textiles.
I am currently experimenting with wording and images stamped on tiles and raku-fired. These are framed or sometimes assembled in display boxes with non-ceramic objects. I am also at the early stages of collaborating with an on-line company to design hand-thrown pendant lampshades.
I have experience of working with clay with children both in schools and in the community. At present, I teach throwing and pottery skills to individual students in a separate, dedicated studio on the Sandy Hill site. My participation in group shows by selection has included: Farnham Maltings, Festival of Crafts, Blackthorpe Barn, South Hill Park, British Crafts, Craft in Focus and Potfest Southwest. My work has been exhibited at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth.