Copyright Lydia Collings 2014
Since 1995, I have been working with clay which I find a fascinating material. My work is hand built using a variety of techniques mainly slab building and press molding. My interest is with sculptural forms rather than functional pots. I fire between 980 and 1100 degrees centigrade using white earthenware clay with 20% grog and sometimes combined with porcelain. Before biscuit firing, I burnish the pieces using soft pebbles and then I apply my home-made white or red terra sigillata either by brushing, pouring or using a spray gun. A second firing involves a variety of techniques, naked raku or smoke firing with different organic materials. I also collect discarded horse hair from my local stables which I use on my sculptures. The outcome of the different markings on the clay body is without any glaze and carefully controlled. Each piece is unique, rich in contrasts, light and dark, coloured and non-coloured, straight lines or curved, shaped and smooth. All these characteristics can be found in human beings and nature which is my source of inspiration. My work is suitable for indoors only and the height ranges from 10 to 40 cm. I work from home in my own workshop which I set up in 2000.