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 of age and weathering. I saw this and developed it in my work over the next 5 years. 

At The Kiln Rooms I worked on recreating in an electric kiln the marks, depth, texture and unpredictable outcomes that I had loved from the reduction firing. This unpredictability means I never know exactly how my work will come out. I very much enjoy and embrace the unpredictable uniqueness of each of my pieces . 

I throw, add to and alter, delicate, light forms with rough surfaces, enhancing the relationship between their strength and their fragility. People have often commented that my work looks as if it has been dug up from the earth after being there for centuries, marked by time and nature. 

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

© 2020 by Claire Lardner Burke, London SE15