I am a ceramicist working from my home studio in Haslemere on the Surrey, West Sussex border.
I began my career in Stoke on Trent on the BA design degree course at Staffordshire University. Many years of teaching in schools followed before becoming a full time potter.
I now make functional and decorative pots which are influenced by the plants and nature in the countryside around me as well as the Sussex coast.
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The coast and countryside offer numerous influences for the forms and decorated surfaces of my pots.
Sea-worn flint pebbles collected from the beach, with their surprising colours and abstract patterns give rise to freely formed pots. Using a variety of techniques, pieces are thrown and altered then coils are added and rims shaped. Others are stamp impressed and slab formed. The handmade clay stamps of birds, fish and plants give impressed motifs and textures into the surface. The distinctive, precise coloured line of the rims are an exact margin from the exterior to interior of the vessel.
I am imagining each pebble as a hollow object rather than a solid form. The layers of hand painted, thin underglaze in blue, grey, green and orange echo the abstract markings and patterns of the pebbles.
A sense of the sky, birds in flight, water and fish are the elemental characteristics I aim to include in my pots.
LIBBY DANIELS CERAMICS
Holly House , Moorfield, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 3SH