Cornwall with it’s dramatic land and coastlines inspire Charlotte Jones to make her unique and individually handmade ceramics.
Charlotte lives and works in a renovated chapel high above Falmouth bay with stunning views from Plymouth to the Lizard.
Work exhibited and represented by galleries across UK and France. Ceramics can be bought from the kiln at Trenoweth Chapel, by appointment and through this website.
The granite mason up the lane from us calls this the “the best view in Cornwall” I have to agree, the sky meeting the sea, changing field patterns, cloud formations and amazing sunrise. The distance seems astonishing it encourages you to open your eyes to look and see. I walk every morning for at least an hour in this rural landscape with my small dog. I love the rhythm of the walks, noting the changes each day brings. It might be a colour, pattern, sound or texture that sparks an idea, shells, pebbles and natural found objects are explored in detail by drawing and painting to inform the pots. Feeling at ease with my surroundings and looking carefully at these details informs my work so design decisions become intuitive.
My own path of making has been crucial to my work. The process of making my pots has evolved slowly over the last 20 years. Colour is added to white stoneware clay, local clays, grog from streams and oxides. Clay is used as a three-dimensional collage material,(reflecting my sketchbooks) abstracted colours, patterns and textures, go all the way through the pot, built as the pot’s structure, no surface decoration. I need to enjoy each process and use tools and equipment familiar
to me. I throw the bases, coil and slab the layers of colour, I love coiling and hand building, its slow and thoughtful after the speed of throwing. Pots are scraped into shape with pinched rims reminding me of the riven slate edges on our chapel home. Pots are burnished when leather hard, the pots are then once high fired.