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Catherine Lucktaylor

Catherine Lucktaylor Ceramicist
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Balancing form and colour

  • • Catherine hand builds her ceramics, each is unique
  • • Her work encapsulates the spirit of nature
  • • After 30 years, she is still excited by the possibilities of clay

Talking to Catherine Lucktaylor about clay, you quickly realise that it is not just about creating beautiful forms. Through the medium of clay she connects to her ancestral roots, celebrates the wildness of Cornwall – where she lives – and describes the process of making as having a healing effect. Her work is imbued with reverence for the material. She builds each piece carefully by hand and fires it in a traditional raku kiln. Through this process she achieves crackled glazes and vibrant colours. Her work is filled with life, it is made for the home. The word that resonates from talking to Catherine is joy, "it means so much to me bring joy and beauty to someone’s life through my ceramics."

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Works

  • © Catherine Lucktaylor
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Photo: © Catherine Lucktaylor
Celestial Blue

This raku fired ceramic vessel is coil built in the round and forms part of the Sea and Cliffs Collection. The crackle area is burnished and decorated using the naked raku technique, whilst the inside and rim is decorated with a blue glaze. It is inspired by the stunning landscape of west Cornwall.

Height 26 cm
Width 26 cm

Photo: © Catherine Lucktaylor
Small Wild Cornwall

A hand built ceramic pot inspired by the wild beauty of Cornish hedgerows. The piece is impressed with local leaves and flowers before its first firing, it was then hand painted with glazes and raku fired in an outdoor kiln. The glowing hot pot is removed from the kiln with tongs and placed in sawdust before being left to smoulder. Once removed and cleaned the stunning beauty of the Raku glazes reveal their magic. No two pieces are the same.

Height 11 cm
Width 10 cm

Photo: © Catherine Lucktaylor
Small and tall Wild Cornwall pots

Pinched and coiled vessels from the Wild Cornwall Collection. These pieces are inspired by the luscious spring hedgerows in Cornwall. Each piece is impressed with local wild flowers and leaves and hand-painted with glazes. They are Raku fired and removed from the kiln whilst red hot which causes the glaze to crackle. The pots are then smoked in sawdust before being cleaned to reveal the vibrant crackle glazes.

Height 11 cm
Width 10 cm
Height 19 cm
Width 12 cm

Photo: © Catherine Lucktaylor
Striped and fluted landscape pots

The flowing movement of the waves and the shape of windswept trees inspired these elegant fluted landscape vessels. They are hand-built with coils of clay and smoothed and burnished with a beach pebble. They have a vibrant yellow or turquoise crackle glaze on the inside with a contrasting silky-smooth surface on the outside which is glazed using the naked raku technique.

Height 24 cm
Width 12 cm

Photo: © Catherine Lucktaylor
Micro landscape pots

These sweet pinch pots are glazed on the inside with a lovely blue or yellow crackle raku glaze, whilst the outside is burnished to a smooth sheen and glazed using the naked raku technique. They are from the Sea and Cliffs Collection which is inspired by the stunning sea and cliffs capes of west Cornwall.

Height 6 cm
Width 5 cm

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