Michelle Daniels

Ceramics: Hand thrown stoneware and individual raku pieces

Made From the Earth, Inspired by Earth and Beyond. 

I have been making pots for over 34 years. My small workshop is based in Oby in rural Norfolk, where I make hand thrown stoneware pots for use in the home & individual raku fired vessels.

The pots in my stoneware range are individually wheel thrown. Each piece is impressed with stamps, cogs, buttons & roulette wheels which form pattern on their surface. They are then glazed with my own glazes to enhance their textural surfaces and fired to stoneware temperatures making them durable, functional pieces designed for everyday use & can be put in the dishwasher if required.

My raku work consists of a range of both ‘naked’ and glazed raku vessels and is inspired by photographic images of planet earth as seen from the International Space Station and also recent images of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno cam. Forms are wheel thrown, then decorated with terra sigillata slips.  Layers of decoration are used to illustrate surfaces in a 2-dimensional way as would be seen from outer space. Some pieces are then burnished, some glazed. Raku fired wares are usually still porous after firing, but some of my small ‘planets’ & bottle shapes have been sealed to make them water-tight for flowers.

My work can be purchased directly from my studio (open by appointment or I’m happy to post pots out to you) or from my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ObyPottery