Michelle Daniels – Great Yarmouth
Michelle makes raku fired vessels inspired by images from space and hand thrown functional stoneware.
“I have been making pots for over 34 years. My small workshop is based in Oby in rural Norfolk, where I make hand thrown stoneware pots for use in the home & individual raku fired vessels.
My raku work consists of a range of both ‘naked’ and glazed raku vessels and is inspired by photographic images of planet earth as seen from the International Space Station and also recent images of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno cam. Forms are wheel thrown, then decorated with terra sigillata slips. Layers of decoration are used to illustrate surfaces in a 2-dimensional way as would be seen from outer space. Some pieces are then burnished, some glazed. Raku fired wares are usually still porous after firing, but some of my small ‘planets’ & bottle shapes have been sealed to make them water-tight for flowers. Last year one of my ‘earth’ pots was bought by a customer working for the European Space Agency in the Netherlands. I also had the opportunity to meet ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and was able to gift to him a piece of my work which was inspired by his amazing photography from the International Space Station.”