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Pottery West is the ceramics studio of husband and wife duo Catherine and Matt West. We design and make wheel-thrown tableware, working predominantly in stoneware and firing electric kilns, although recently we have started to use a wood-fired kiln for our work.

 

Inspiration is sculptural and painterly in the most elementary ways; texture, tone, light and form. The question of function is central to our design process. We spend much time imagining the context in which our ceramics will be used. Our craft is process driven and subject to an element of chance. We have avoided the application of surface pattern and decorative forms, instead seeking to present the natural and beautiful tones, chance colourations and distinctions that can be found in wheel-thrown ceramics.

 

Since establishing the studio in 2013 we have, alongside developing our own tableware ranges, been working on the design and production of tableware for restaurants.