'Life is like potter's clay, it gets shaped by our own hands'
My name is Hayley Farrelly and I am a potter working from my studio log cabin at home in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.
Each piece is designed and made by myself using a range of pottery skills including wheel-thrown, slab-building, coil work, drape forms and sculpting.
I love to use the delicate and translucent celadon glazes for my pieces, adding texture and depth with patterns, stamps and mixing different complimentary colours to the stoneware. I also use the Potter's Choice glazes which achieve a more vibrant and often drippy, iridescent effect which means that each piece is truly unique. The joy of opening the kiln after each glaze firing really is something to experience as you never really know what delight you are going to see or what unexpected glaze effect you are going to achieve.
Handmade pottery is very different to pottery that is commercially made.
It is important to embrace the unique elements of the pottery and to be able to do that is to truly love the artistic beauty of owning one distinctive piece that has been lovingly crafted.
It brings you closer to the creative process and the person that made it, in the studio that they created it and into your home to enjoy it.
I hope you enjoy my pottery as much as I enjoyed making it for you.