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Ceramicist / Buckinghamshire

I have always been a maker, and have drawn all my life. I aim to make functional ceramic objects that handle well and feel strong and economical in use. I combine potting with printmaking & am currently working on a series of landscapes and interiors as etchings and lithographs.

Drawing and lettering form an important part of my work.  I use letters as decoration on bowls and jugs (especially for commissioned pieces), paper resist and slip for letter forms on pots and for landscape tiles, as well as paper cuts for printed graphics. I also make individual hand built and thrown objects of many kinds using stoneware, porcelain and high-fired earthenware.

After studying Ceramics at Camberwell School of Art with tutors Lucie Rie, Colin Pearson and Hans Coper, I spent 4 years in Japan studying ceramics & the Japanese language.  Since 1975 I have lived and worked in Olney where

I make bowls & jugs decorated with words using Albertus, Berthold Wolpe’s typeface, or freely cut letters of my own.

Early influences include: visits to the V&A, Natural History and Science Museums; fossil hunting on the Sussex coast; archaeological objects; Portobello Road antiques market; the work of my parents, Berthold Wolpe, typographer and silversmith, and Margaret Wolpe, sculptor and silversmith, and the work of their friends. At the age of ten I decided to become a potter after watching Judith Partridge throwing at the village flower show in Rodmell, Sussex, where several years later I worked at the Rodmell Pottery in the school holidays.