Hand crafted Raku fired ceramics evoking the magic of the Cornish landscape
In her large studio at Bejowans Farm near St Buryan, west Cornwall, Catherine Lucktaylor uses ancient hand building techniques such as pinching and coiling, with many surfaces burnished to a smooth sheen using her favourite beach pebble, to create stunning contemporary ceramics. Exquisitely crafted one of a kind pinched and coiled bowls and vessels embody the wild beauty of the Cornish landscape.
Wild Cornwall Collection
The best-selling vibrant Wild Cornwall Collection: Pinched & coiled vessels inspired by the wild Cornish hedgerows as featured on the BBC’s The Great Pottery Throwdown as a ‘perfect example of Raku’.
Sea & Cliffs Collection
A series of pinched and coiled bowls and vessels evoking the striking beauty of the Cornish landscape.
All vessels are coil built with a vibrant turquoise glaze on the inside.
Lucktaylor Ceramics' recent collections are all Raku fired; an ancient Japanese technique which basically means 'Enjoyment' and was originally used as part of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Raku has evolved in the West to become a vibrant and exciting technique to glaze studio ceramics with stunning and unpredictable results.
Glazed pieces are fired to around 950 degrees centigrade and carefully removed from the kiln whilst red hot. The cool air causes the glaze to crackle and the pots are plunged into sawdust and smoked for about 20 minutes. Once removed from the sawdust, cooled in water and carefully cleaned the pieces reveal their vibrant glazes and gorgeous smoked areas.
A piece from Catherine’s Wild Cornwall Collection was recently featured on the BBC’s The Great Pottery Throwdown as a ‘perfect example of Raku’.