Small-batch handmade ceramics by Grace Edwards
I’m Grace – a ceramicist based in Manchester, UK. I searched for the creative medium that was right for me, for years and finally found pottery in 2015. I’ve loved it ever since.
My work is functional but aesthetic. I know that my items will live in people’s homes for the duration of their lives, and this domesticity inspires me. I want to create items that will witness the lives of the people that own them, eventually becoming heirlooms or hand-me-downs.
Inspired by termite mounds, sand dunes and tree roots, my work aims to bring a sense of nature into the home. This functionalware is tactile and textured. Handmade using traditional pottery techniques like coiling, slab-building and kurinuki, these organic forms are created in my unconscious. Bumps, dents and fingerprints in my work represent the natural process of pottery in undulating forms – finished with glossy or matt glazes that bring out the texture in the piece.
When I work I am connected to the material completely – I use tools minimally and focus on using my fingers, knuckles and fingernails to achieve the texture and look that I desire. Because of this, my work is truly expressive – there is very little design process. A thought is transformed into the thread of an idea, and then translated into clay.
I regularly work with clients on commissions, and can work with you to create exactly what you’d like. Otherwise, I work towards regular shop updates which will be uploaded onto my Shop.
Grace was fantastic to work with from start to finish. Really thorough, helpful and creative in the planning stages of our commission and got the bowls to us really quickly. The end product hit the brief perfectly and are immaculately made and really strong and sturdy! We always get compliments from our customer on our bowls during service!