Robyn Hardyman Ceramics
I throw and turn my delicate vessels on the wheel in my garden studio in Oxford. I use only porcelain because I love its combination of delicacy and strength. The bowls, cups, vases and jugs are thrown thinly so they are light, and are often inspired by the classic shapes of oriental ceramics, but they have a contemporary feel all of their own.
My aim is to combine beauty with function, creating quiet, thoughtfully made ceramics that can be enjoyed by being used every day, or simply by being admired on a shelf or mantelpiece.
I relish exploring glaze colours and textures, and finding a variety of surfaces that complement the simplicity of the forms. My palette is cool, blues, greys, pale greens and creams, calming and harmonious. All the pieces are fired in an electric kiln and are food safe.
I enjoy the way pots look when grouped together, the shapes and shadows between the forms, and the relationship between their colours and textures. My ceramics can be enjoyed as single pieces, but they seem also to complement each other when combined in small groups. I also enjoy how a good pot feels when weighed in the hand, that sense of balance that tells you when it’s right.
My business is quite new, about two years old, so I was delighted recently when Sue Pryke, master potter and judge on the Great Pottery Throwdown, said of my work on Instagram, ‘Quiet functional ceramics, beautiful form and palette, definitely a name to watch!’