Elaine’s passion for clay developed many years ago through studying for a Ceramics degree at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London. It was there that she was fortunate enough to experience the wonderful tutoring of contemporary, now eminent, ceramists, Ewen Henderson, Janice Tchalenko, Glynis Barton, Gordon Baldwin, Ian Gregory, Ian Auld and the great Colin Pearson.
Whilst at Camberwell, Elaine developed a body of work through throwing, hand-building and slip-casting, all the while concentrating on the importance of it being punctuated with texture, colour and sculptural elements.
Elaine’s lengthy teaching career in Higher Education, Adult Education and Secondary schools led to her delivering creative courses in all aspects of art and ceramics soon after graduating . Through sharing her expertise and thinking processes, she has constantly fed her appetite for the journey of creating, thinking and making.
This year Elaine is running a number of specialist ceramic workshops from her garden studio in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. She offers tuition to both small group workshops and one-to-one classes between April and October. They range from one day, weekend and evening class experiences as well as bespoke workshops to suit. Please see the workshop details on this website or contact her by email for further details.
Now working independently and recently moved to Wimborne Minster, Dorset, Elaine is fast becoming recognised as an established British maker. Her ceramic artwork is collected in the UK and overseas. She has developed her own hand-built techniques and designs in both functional and sculptural ceramic pieces. Elaine's work clearly demonstrates her love of colour, texture and form, mostly inspired by surfaces and patterns found in nature and the landscape. Her inspiration comes from observations made in typically English habitats; hedgerows, garden borders, meadows and more recently forests and woodlands.
Elaine creates her work in white earthenware clay and decorates her pieces with a palette of subtle oxides, slips and underglaze colours. She devotes research time making 2D studies from her garden, walks over the Berkshire Downs and along the Dorset Ridgeway and Cornish coastline, one of her most favourite places in the world. In recent months, Elaine has developed a selection of both hand-built and thrown ceramics, beautifully decorated, inspired and designed through the naturally occurring pattern of plants, seedheads and trees.
Associate member of the Craft Potters Association - http://www.craftpotters.com/
Member of East Dorset Potters - https://www.eastdorsetpotters.com/
Member of Southern Ceramic Group - https://www.southernceramicgroup.org.uk/
Member of Find a Maker - https://www.findamaker.co.uk/