Britta will be demonstrating her throwing techniques in the Gazebo 11- 1 pm on Sunday 16 September. Trained in Germany, Britta followed an old German craft tradition of travelling to various potteries for three years and a day to work and learn. She used this time to deepen her skills and learn about different cultural aspects of ceramics. Britta worked for potters in Germany, France, New Zealand and England, where she first worked for the Leach Pottery in 2010/2011. Britta was particularly influenced by her time with New Zealand potter, Petra Mayboden, learning about wood firing and various decoration techniques. In 2012, Britta returned to the Leach Pottery to became a permanent member of the production team. She continues to produce a wide range of well crafted, wheel-thrown kitchen and tableware. Britta decorates the pots while the clay is still soft to add depth to the surface. For the decoration, she uses a number of techniques, such as stamping with various roulettes, impressing with pieces of wood, cutting, adding clay or otherwise deforming the pot.
Based in St Ives, the Leach Pottery draws on almost a century of innovation and tradition. Founded by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920. They are among the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world. Over the years, potters from across the world have trained with us creating a uniquely international setting. Using clay mainly from St Agnes, Cornwall, they produce an exquisite range of Standard Ware tableware with three distinctive glazes: Tenmoku, Dolomite, and Ash. Their pots are made to be loved, to last, and to give their owners a connection with their maker and our material world.
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