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Sue Binns

sue binns blogWe are pleased to introduce Sue Binns’ ceramics which include vases, teapots, jugs, bowls, mugs and coffee cups. She is largely self-taught as a potter but had an inspirational few years under the guidance of Ian Godfrey at the Montem School in the 1980’s. Since then her work has been evolving and she has produced a wide range of functional domestic stoneware. The distinctive patterns are produced by brushing dilute cobalt over the dolomite glaze before firing to 1240°c.

She says, ‘The seemingly endless combinations of stripes that dominate my work are carefully chosen to suit each individual piece. I am fascinated by the way stripes create different visual impressions, positive or negative, depending on their thickness and density. The effect of the matt glaze can also give a blurred edge to the outline and occasionally pulls the stripe down into various patterns. My inspiration comes from Mediterranean pottery, Japanese fabrics and ceramics but mainly from 1950s Rye Pottery which was around in my home when I was growing up. Although now with the bigger pieces, Bridget Riley occasionally springs to mind!’

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