Posted 30th September 2019
Meet... Felicity Jones and Silvia K
Gain an insight into ceramicists Felicity Jones and Silvia K, whose beautiful and distinctive works are available to purchase in Watts Ceramics 2019 - our new exhibition in Watts Contemporary Gallery.
Felicity collects wayside flowers, grasses, weeds, fallen blossom and skeletal leaves on the ground. She finds everyday objects in skips or discarded on the street and makes plaster moulds from them. She presses the plants and then uses them when casting clay forms in her moulds. Felicity decorates the pieces using intaglio, embossed and sprigged decorative techniques in the clay; the pots are then fired three times, with a gold or platinum rim detail applied by hand before the final firing.
'Just over 15 years ago, I was the mother of four young children and worked part-time as a Medical Secretary in a windowless office at the Royal Free Hospital. I was ready to make a few changes in my life. I enrolled on a ten-week accredited ceramics course at the Carlton College in Queen's Park in London. One morning a week, I would leave my two youngest children in the on-site creche and bound up the stairs, four storeys to the top floor, and enter the wonderful world of ceramics. I went on to study at Central St Martins and have since exhibited widely in the UK. My ceramics adventure continues, and I feel very lucky to be doing something I love.'
Silvia established her studio in Brighton shortly after graduating from university there in 2012. Alongside her growing business, she worked as a technical demonstrator at the university's ceramics department, giving her special experience in hand-building techniques, surface decoration and mould-making which have proved invaluable. Silvia now runs small group classes in her studio. Silvia K Ceramics has won numerous awards including Elle Decoration Design Awards 2016. Retail clients now include Heal's and The Conran Shop and stores in San Francisco, New York and Stockholm.
'My tableware and terracotta vessels are inspired by the folk traditions and artefacts of my native Slovakia, tapping into the idea of social history to create modern interpretations of traditional designs. Research into peasant ceramicware elsewhere has led me to look at Spanish pharmacy jars and Iraqi dinner plates. Ranges have also been inspired by my travels to Morocco and Portugal, while the current palette was inspired by work at Charleston House in Sussex.
Every aspect of production takes place in-house: making the moulds, mixing casting slip, making glazes, cutting leather straps - nothing is outsourced. Pattern is minimal and surfaces are often left bare, apart from marks of gestural, vibrant slip.'
Interested in seeing Felicity Jones and Silvia K's works in person?
Click here to find out more about Watts Ceramics 2019.
Banner image: Silvia K