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Gemma Wightman Ceramics

Gemma Wightman Ceramics

I have an appetite for clay! A tutor once told me to 'Eat, Sleep and Breath Clay’.

I throw porcelain on the potters wheel. Pieces for the home, that can be used, loved and contemplated with pleasure.

My ceramics are inspired by the life I lead and the home I live in. I design and make each piece with a real sense of joy, a joy that I aim to invoke in anyone using any of my pieces.

Porcelain is an incredible material to work with. It has fluid qualities unlike any other clay. I aim to capture this fluidity in each piece, so that every finished piece looks as it did when it was just thrown; tantalizingly tactile and shimmering with a soft sheen.

In 2010 I had my first daughter, Matilda, followed shortly after by her little sister Lola in 2011.

I studied Ceramics at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design and then at Bath Spa University College of Art, where I was extremely fortunate to be tutored by some magnificent potters including Takeshi Yasuda, who had a huge influence on my making.

I set up my first studio in 2004, working in my parents freezing cold out house at the family home near Guildford. I saved up for my first kiln and wheel by throwing for Anna Perring of Luna Lighting and working as a Potter’s Assistant for Sue Binns a couple of days a week.

In 2005 I moved my studio to Wimbledon Art Studios, afantastic Co-operative of artists in South London.

I love being a Mother to my girls; fortunately for me they appreciate I have a passion for making ceramics. So any chance I get I am in the studio, sometimes with clay covered toddlers in tow!

In July 2012 we made the move from London to the Surrey countryside. I now have my studio in my own outhouse and thankfully it is warm! I have a large electric kiln that enables me to take on larger scale orders and I now have the space to develop my designs further.

The studio is my haven where my ideas become reality.

In 2010 I had my first daughter, Matilda, followed shortly after by her little sister Lola in 2011. I love being a Mother to my girls; fortunately for me they appreciate I have a passion for making ceramics. So any chance I get I am in the studio, sometimes with clay covered toddlers in tow! In July 2012 we made the move from London to the Surrey countryside. I now have my studio in my own outhouse and thankfully it is warm! I have a large electric kiln that enables me to take on larger scale orders and I now have the space to develop my designs further. The studio is my haven where my ideas become reality.