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Five Contemporary Designer Makers

My ceramics marry painting and making, using the tin-glaze technique, which reached its height in Renaissance Italy, and from which there is an unbroken tradition to modern Italian art ceramics. Using proven craft methods, I make pottery for the modern home that is unique, personal and practical. Everything is food-safe and dishwasher proof.

 

Painting pottery like this, marrying a two-dimensional design to a three-dimensional shape, is challenging and fascinating. I once worked as a graphic designer and I enjoy the exploration of line, mark, colour and texture. I limit myself to a few colours, which, for me, have enough possibilities of combination and counter change to generate an infinite number of designs. I use abstract patterns and motifs based on flowers, fruit and other natural forms.

 

Few British potters use this difficult method, in which the designs are painted on top of the unfired, powdery glaze with swift brush strokes that cannot be niggled or corrected.

 

Many influences combine in my work: old maiolica, ‘fifties textile designs, abstract expressionist painting and Chinese calligraphy.

MARSHALL COLMAN

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