We first bought a piece of this pottery while staying on holiday and in the beautiful town of Dartmouth. It was purchased from the bright and airy space of the Baxter Gallery which is on the corner of Foss Street and Flavel Street. They show contemporary artists and a wide selection of Dartmouth art prints. Baxters is passionate about craft, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery handmade in the UK by designer makers. We have since bought a few more from other galleries around Cornwall and from Laura’s website. Most of the pieces we have are the Blue and white Sailor.
This handsome chap really loves caring Cornish pilchards! He has a little fishing boat in the village of Polperro & heads out to sea often. He is also pretty quiet and does not make a mess! Measures 9 cm x 8.5 cm and would be the perfect addition to any wall
Meet the Maker
Having completed both a BA & MA in Design at Plymouth University, Laura specialised as a Designer Maker, working in ceramics. At the heart of her work is the exploration of site specific folklore in Cornwall, where she lives.This is expressed through choice of materials, pattern & illustration. Folklore is about the everyday and being reachable.
The stoneware clay comes direct from an ancient pit in St Agnes just a few hundred yards from the sea, along with the some of the key glaze ingredients of china clay and tin which played such a vital role in Cornwall’s mining history.
The work is hand thrown, brushed with the dark slip. It is then decorated using a sgraffito technique, before being dipped in a white tin glaze. These layers and brush marks that you can see represent the idea of storytelling being passed down through the generations, much akin to Chinese Whispers, some parts are brushed over and lost whilst other marks are clearly there for us all to see. The slate/blue colour is a reminder of the moors, skies and sea. All of these separate elements are pulled together with a pinch of fun using functional vessels as a canvas.
Living on an organic smallholding with her young family, the sense of sustainability, fair-trade and keeping things local are key elements in her working, as well as family life.