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never really looked back. I enjoy the way you can make something with it using your own hands and this felt like a great way to have a completely autonomous experience where I was making all the creative decisions. It felt like being free. Do you have any formal training? Yes, I have a ceramics degree from Bath School of Art and a Masters in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art. What is your favourite clay to work with and why? Porcelain. There are lots of reasons for this but, in summary, I love the way that it’s so elastic when you work with it on the wheel - it moves and stretches in a unique way, different from other clays - and it’s amazingly smooth, so feels great when I work with it, making it incredibly malleable. It’s also white and translucent; the whiteness was my starting point but it’s good because this makes it a great ground for coloured glaze. The translucency is an important ingredient for my lighting range.

Who is Jo Davies? I am a ceramicist, living and working in East London. I mainly work with porcelain to create wheel-thrown vessels and lighting. Why did you decide to be become a ceramicist? I discovered clay at school, where I was lucky enough to have a ceramics department and teacher who knew all about it and assisted me in the early days. I fell in love with it quite quickly and have 60 | ukhandmade winter 2017

Your work has a strong, minimalist style, yet it feels very organic too. Where do you get your inspiration from? My inspiration comes so much from the materials and processes I’m using. When I’m developing a design, I will start with a function or the idea of a function, such as a bowl or a rose bowl or a bowl that pours and, from that point, work my aesthetic around it. Because I’ve been working with clay for so long, some of my original inspirations have been forgotten or have informed such small details that now my work is mainly referencing itself, like a creative conversation twenty years long.

UK Handmade Magazine Winter 2017  

Wrap up warm against the winter chill and indulge yourself in the handmade treats we have for you. Discover wonderful prints, gorgeous ceram...

UK Handmade Magazine Winter 2017  

Wrap up warm against the winter chill and indulge yourself in the handmade treats we have for you. Discover wonderful prints, gorgeous ceram...

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