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Sue Paraskeva

Sue Paraskeva Porcelain maker
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English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7968336485
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The freedom of making

  • • Sue describes ceramics as a calling
  • • Her work has been exhibited in many galleries
  • • She has an aspiration for truth and simplicity

Sue Paraskeva knew she was meant to be a ceramicist the first time she sat on the wheel, and she has enjoyed all stages of the making process ever since. Growing up in a place surrounded by the bottle kiln industry might be a reason why she so fondly loves kilns, to the point of recently building her own wood-fire kiln. From making tableware for brands such as Calvin Klein and for Michelin-starred pub The Hand and Flower, to creating art installations exhibited in arts centres and galleries, Sue works across various domains, always putting truth, simplicity and integrity at the centre of her work. Ceramics is about balance, she says, and looking after your body is a core aspect of it, as wheel life can be very demanding.

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Works

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Ceremonial vessels

A group of three white porcelain hand thrown wood fired vessels with earthy pinks and apricots left by the path of the flame during firing. Each of a different height, the vessels all have rounded bellies. There are two slashed vertical indents at opposite sides of the opening at the top of each piece.

Height 19 cm
Width 15.5 cm

Sue Paraskeva Porcelain maker
Photo: © Julian Winslow
Ceremonial vessel

This hand thrown wood fired porcelain vessel is coloured with earthy pinks and apricots left by the path of the flame during firing. There is also some colour showing on the inside of the opening at the top of the vessel. The form has a rounded belly and two slashed vertical indents at opposite sides of the opening.

Height 19 cm
Width 15.5 cm

Sue Paraskeva Porcelain maker
Photo: © Julian Winslow
Dark grey speckled tableware

This tableware set is hand thrown from a mixture of stoneware and recycled porcelain, which has been reduction fired in a gas kiln to bring the iron rich speckle to the surface. A simple rounded bowl is slightly tilted, while a side plate and dinner plate have fine rims with gently curved edges, but no foot rings. A transparent shiny glaze is used on the inside of each piece, with the unglazed clay providing a matt finish on the outside.

Height 6.5 cm
Width 13 cm

Sue Paraskeva Porcelain maker
Photo: © Julian Winslow
Smashed tableware

These four reduction fired white porcelain bowls have delicately smashed rims, giving them a delicate yet natural look. The bowls are shiny and glazed on the inside, matt and unglazed on the outside, reinforcing the artisanal feel. They are of a rounded simple form with no foot rings or additions.

Height 6.5 cm
Width 13 cm

Sue Paraskeva Porcelain maker
Photo: © Julian Winslow
Shino porcelain bowls

This photo represents a group of 11 finely thrown porcelain wood fired Shino glazed bowls. They are of a semi matt apricot colour inside, with the outside remaining white and unglazed. Occasional flashes of colour derived from the path of the flame during firing can be found around the rims of the bowls. Each bowl is slightly tilted in a different direction.

Height 8 cm
Width 16.5 cm

Sue Paraskeva Porcelain maker

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