Hand Building Pottery
with Cressida Borrett
Information about my pottery
I aim for my work to be useful as well as nice to look it (I hope!). I believe that life is far too short for washing up or saving things for best so I make all my functional pots in stoneware. Because it is stronger than earthenware it means you can put it in the dishwasher, oven and microwave, and it will be more resilient to chips etc.
All my pots are either thrown or hand built by me, here in Kingston. I use slips, under-glazes and oxides for the designs and most of the work here is glazed.
I have also recently started to make ceramic pictures of plants and flowers and also local scenes in paper clay.
I take commissions.
Information about me
About 25 years ago I joined an evening class in pottery and was hooked straight away! There is something amazing about converting a lump of mud into a beautiful pot that can be used and enjoyed. It was like an addiction and still is.
Thanks to many years at Putney School of Art, when I had children, and needed to find a job that fitted with them better than my previous business career, I became a potter. Despite the sensible side of my brain telling me I should find something more lucrative,
I now consider myself one of the fortunate people who have the job of their dreams.
I sell my pottery from my studio, online, and from a number of outlets and galleries.
I am also a founder member of KAOS (Kingston Artists Open Studios) and in the past two years have been involved in setting the group up, growing the membership and organising exhibitions and events. We are now a 50 strong group of artists and makers, who meet regularly to exchange ideas and sell our work.