I took up ceramics in 2008 at the Putney School of Art here in London where I was born and now live and work. In 2015 I moved to The Kiln Rooms, a shared studio in Peckham Rye, where I am at present.

When I first began 12 years ago I had access to a gas kiln and fell in love with the effects of reduction firing. For two years I made small pinch pots on which I experimented continuously with textures, oxides, slips and glazes, making discoveries, finding surprises and an unpredictable beauty in the outcome that I loved. 

I have always had a fascination with the natural process of time upon things: the unique and beautiful marks and colours created by age and weathering and the inherent relationship between strength and fragility particularly when expressed in the beauty, quietness and power of rock and stone. I have been developing this in my work over the last 5 years.

I throw, add to and alter, delicate, light forms with rough surfaces using a mixture of grogged stoneware and crank clay. I paint the pieces with oxide washes and then layer glazes over each other many times. Each piece is fired to between 1250 and 1260 degrees and can be fired multiple times.

Each piece is unique, a one-off, to be enjoyed for itself.

© 2020 by Claire Lardner Burke, London SE15