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Karen Edwards Ceramics.
I create a variety of small handmade garden sculptures and planters that will complement any setting, from traditional to modern.
Each piece is unique – I am happy to make repeats but due to the nature of the handbuilding and decorating techniques that I use, each one will vary slightly from the original.
Visitors are welcome by appointment, but there is no dedicated sales or display area here at present. I try to keep examples of all designs available, but this is not always possible. Delivery time from start to finish is about 6-8 weeks (sometimes more if I am very busy) so please bear that in mind if you would like something for a specific occasion.
Originally from London, I have lived in North Somerset since 1988. I started making thrown domestic ware at evening classes, then discovered handbuilding as part of a pottery course at Bridgwater College. I now make most of my work using coiling, slabbing, pinching, modelling and carving techniques. I have always been interested in gardening, and this, together with the influence of the Somerset landscape, has a bearing on my work.
I mainly use a gritty clay called Crank (Scarva Earthstone ES50), which gives a warm light brown colour and interesting surface textures when scraped, carved or polished. It can take two to three weeks to build and refine a sculpture, depending on the size and complexity of the piece. Excess clay thickness is removed by carving or scraping. Some pieces are inlaid with porcelain, which gives a pleasing contrast of colour and texture.
The work has to dry slowly and thoroughly, which can take a couple of weeks. It is then fired in an electric kiln to 1000 C, turning it from fragile clay into ceramic, strong enough to withstand the decorative treatment of applying a metal oxide solution then scrubbing it off to emphasise surface textures. Porcelain slip (liquid clay) is then brushed over some areas, and coloured slips or glaze applied.
The piece is then fired again, to 1280 C. The high temperature of the second firing vitrifies the clay, so that sculptures and planters can be safely left outdoors all year if desired.
If you would like to order any work shown on this website, please contact me to check availability and to make delivery/collection arrangements.
I would be happy to discuss any commission ideas, so do get in touch by phone or email.
Sculptures - for more details click here
Planters for more details click here
All planters can be ordered without drainage holes for indoor use.
Strata and Layers planters are made in three sizes: Round, Trough and Tiny. Round and Trough have separate feet for drainage, while Tiny has a tray which can be filled with gravel – perfect for growing herbs on a kitchen windowsill.
Cushion, Wave, Dip and Cliff planters look particularly effective when used with sempervivums (houseleeks).
Plaques for more details click here
1st May 2010 - 30th September 2010
Gants Mill and Garden
Gants Mill and Garden,Bruton,Somerset, BA10 0DB
5th June 2010 - 26th September 2010
Chapel Gallery,Saltram House (National Trust),Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 1UH
Westcountry Potters Association exhibition
6th November 2010 - 7th November 2010
The Fifth Compton House Shopping Event
Compton House,Townsend, Axbridge, Somerset BS26 2AJ,
Every room in this historic Georgian house packed to the brim with lots of unusual and affordable gifts and crafts.
21st November 2010 - 4th December 2010
Dorset Pottery Group Open Exhibition
Dorset Pottery Group Open Exhibition,Bridport Arts Centre,Bridport
Fizz Gallery 65a Hill Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7PD, Tel: 01275 341 141
Gallery 370 39 Main Road, Cleeve, North Somerset, BS49 4NS, Tel: 01934 832 712
Hybrid Gallery 51 High Street, Honiton, Devon EX14 1PW, Tel: 01404 43201
Lantic Gallery 38 Gold Street, Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RP, Tel: 01884 259888
Mid Cornwall Gallery St Blazey Gate, Par, Cornwall PL24 2EG, Tel: 01726 812 131
Telephone: 01934 834 292
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