Hi I'm Catherine Lucktaylor
and I am passionate about creating beautiful objects out of clay!
My first experience of clay was making figurative sculptures at Heckmondwike Grammar School in West Yorkshire. This led to me doing a 2 year foundation in General Art & Design at Huddersfield Polytechnic.
I found that coiling and making pots came naturally to me and my love of hand building continues to this day. It was here that I first came across the Raku process as we were lucky enough to have David Roberts, a well known and respected authority on Raku, as a visiting lecturer.
I went on to do a BA Hons in Ceramics at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. I continued to improve my skills with coiling and explored a range of low fired ceramics techniques and once again one of my lecturers, David Jones, was an authority on the Raku process.
After college I moved to Cardiff and had a studio in the pottery at Cardiff City Farm for a few years, before relocating to the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton. I also became a member of Earth Kilns and continued to explore kiln building and Raku, sawdust and pit firings
In 1999 I received a travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. I travelled to West Africa and Brazil and created mixed media sculptural installations as I explored my mixed British-Ghanaian heritage.
The birth of my son, Leon in 2007 and another move in 2009, this time to west Cornwall, led me back to my first love of ceramics.
I now specialise in hand built Raku fired ceramics inspired by the wild Cornish landscape, which I sell through galleries in Cornwall and London. I also run Raku courses and masterclasses from my large studio near Penzance.