Collection: Chloe Harford

I attended Plymouth College of Art & Design to complete a National Diploma in Design Crafts in 1997.

I met my partner Chris Hawkins, a potter whilst at college and after completing my coarse he invited me to learn more about ceramics in his workshop deep in the heart of the Tamar Valley.

I started with making a few small ceramic brooches & necklaces soon after and slowly the animals developed to where I am now with the very popular puffins and seals.

I have now been making animal sculpture for 12 years and have been inspired both by worldwide animals with appeal & the local wildlife found on the land surrounding the workshop which is set in 6 acres of woodland on the banks of the river Tamar. Left untouched the land has water meadows and ponds, which has become a haven for the numerous wildlife in the area, including for a brief time in 2009, an escaped beaver!  The Tamar Valley has a long mining history and the workshop itself stands close to one of these mines. Tin, copper and tungsten were once mined here and  the  whole  valley  is  rich  in  minerals, some of which are used for glazes and colour.

My latest idea is to film the Otters, Badgers & Deer living on the land to use as models for new work.

How it’s fired

Raku is rapidly fired until glowing hot (1,000° c); it's then taken from the kiln whilst still glowing and placed in a container of sawdust, this instantly combusts and the shock of the air causes the glaze to craze at which point it is covered and left to cool,  the smoke from the burning sawdust penetrates the crazing giving the distinctive black lines