Last year I had a chance to visit Lanzarote and La Graciosa which are part of Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.
The landscapes there were absolutely breathtaking and versatile -as you can see on the photos.
Upon my return to London I started to experiment with different stoneware clays, while still having the images of this volcanic island in my mind. As a result a body of work emerged in which I am exploring the landscapes and contrasts between rocks and water.
The vessels in this collection are made using the pinching technique, which is probably the oldest way to make ceramics. I stretched the clay to create rock-like textures, whereas for the water effect I relied on glazing. The pieces are single fired, which means that I apply glazes straight on raw clay. This is technically challenging but as less energy is required to fire them, it is better for the environment.