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Helen Humphreys

Ceramics / Pottery

Sculptural garden wall pots with faces. Green men. Impressed leaves and lettering on stoneware dishes, plates and tiles.

I make stoneware garden sculpture, decorated dishes, plates and tiles and a variety of other work…all reflecting my love of the natural world. Currently I fire in a large electric kiln, built for me by Northern Kilns. 

I studied at college in Bristol in the 70s and spent most of my spare time in the ceramics department. My potting continued at evening classes in York and Cambridge until 2000, when we extended our brick shed into a workshop in the garden.

My Green Men and serene wall pots are designed for use as containers with plants such as thyme and saxifrage. Some are better suited to a circular shape and I make these as plaques and water features. The ideas come from many sources… local carvings, portraits or photographs of sculpture and some are from my imagination. The pots are made from high fired stoneware clay and are frost resistant.

The plant theme continues onto my dishes, plates and tiles which I decorate with leaves and impressed patterns or lettering, often poetry, in celebration of beauty in nature. I have a large collection of lead and wooden type and have been commissioned to make plates with personal messages for weddings and special anniversaries.

I am a Selected Member of Anglian Potters.

My ‘Pottery in the Fen’ youtube channel has short videos of pottery techniques and ideas. This was set up for students during the 2020 lockdown.

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