Phoebe is ceramic artist living and working in Bristol where she works on her own practice, alongside teaching. Working in stoneware with all work created on the potter’s wheel, her creative practice takes two avenues. Firstly, exploring the functionality of everyday tableware, resulting in comprehensive range of homewares.. Secondly, Phoebe creates collections of one-off pieces, allowing space to explore her creativity and challenge her skills as a maker.
Challenging her understanding and knowledge of her craft is fundamental to the development of Phoebe's work. Allowing for a continuous experiment with new forms and exploration of different glazes, resulting in a diverse and exciting product range.
Her everyday functional tableware ware combines simplicity with elegance. Using the muscle memory built through years of practice to repeat forms that are designed for their use. Both the feel and look are carefully considered throughout the making. The tactile quality is just as important as the look of each piece, this in turn drives decisions on both the form and the finish of the glaze.
The desire to learn her craft and push the boundaries of skill and material has led to the creation of a more unique and bespoke body of work. One off pieces that reflect their functional history but are created less for everyday use and more for the platform they provide Phoebe to explore her creativity. These pieces are firstly about form; new ideas on shape is always the starting point for any collection. By removing the limitations of strict functionality, she is directed by creativity alone, allowing for a wide scope of evolution from one collection to the next. With each collection made Phoebe aims to challenge her understanding of both material and process, explore new ideas in both form, finish, and most importantly learn more about her craft and practice.
Photographs by Kasia Kiliszek