CPA Members Profiles - T

CPA Members Profiles – T

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Yasuhara Tajima-Simpson (Taja) - Selected member

Yasuhara Tajima-Simpson (Taja) - Selected member

Slab built porcelain tableware with the original blue porcelain glaze. The clay is Royale Porcelain clay.
The blue colour of the glaze comes from very small percentage (less than 1%) of iron oxide in the clear glaze which consists of mainly Potash Feldspar, Quartz and Barium Carbonate. The pots are fired to cone 8 (1260C) in reduction condition.
The workshop is in Moretonhampstead which is situated on the north side of Dartmoor.

Nicola Tassie - Selected member

Nicola Tassie - Selected member

Nicola Tassie is a ceramicist whose work focuses on the conceptual and material possibilities of domestic forms. She follows the studio pottery tradition to produce small batch editions of domestic ware which also form the basis of more sculptural still live sets and installations.
She has an ongoing collaboration with the designer Margaret Howell and her work is stocked at Contemporary Ceramic, London and The Wills Lane Gallery in St Ives.
She is a founder member of Standpoint Studios and is Director of Education projects.

Fiona Thompson - Selected member

Fiona Thompson - Selected member

My work is handbuilt in earthenware, and has multiple layers of imagery built up through painted and monoprinted slips, linocut inks, glaze, decals and lustres. It’s nonfunctional.
Recent work explores themes of museum taxidermy displays. I'm currently based in Edinburgh.

Tricia Thom - Selected Member

Tricia Thom - Selected Member

I live in a small mining village just south of Edinburgh with my two kids and our latest addition, Yuki the mini schnauzer. Originally I come from a small village outside Huntly in Aberdeenshire and studied ceramics at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen in the mid 80’s. after graduating, I worked in a production pottery in the Highlands for 3 years then moved to Edinburgh to teach and focus on my own practice. After a break from my ceramics practice to focus on family life, I returned to making and I am continuing to develop my work. I have been a resident artist at the Adam Pottery, Edinburgh since 2013.
 
The process of making is as important to me as the end product. The work I am making currently is wheel-thrown porcelain, using domestic pottery themes as inspiration for my teapots, bowls, moon-jars and other vessel forms. Some surfaces are simply glazed with clear and blue tinted glaze, some are punctuated rhythmically inside and outside, some surfaces have intuitive, calligraphic brush marks which serve to compliment the uniformity of the thrown form. The process of throwing porcelain on the wheel, and the physical action of applying decoration on to the surface of pots, are intimate, sensory experiences that sustain me and make the process so meditative and therapeutic.

I am drawn to forms that have become iconic over centuries and I am interested in the compositional challenge that they, specifically the teapot form, present. The process involved in the articulation of handles, spouts and lids, as they take on almost animated human characteristics, is a very playful experience.

Owen Thorpe - CPA Fellow

Owen Thorpe - CPA Fellow

Works in stoneware and porcelain. All work mid temperature stoneware and sometimes followed with a further lustre firing.
Production split between commissioned celebration pieces which include lettering and, recently, lots of large painted plates.

Ali Tomlin - Selected member

Ali Tomlin - Selected member

With a background in graphics, I have always drawn and designed and love the energy of random lines or marks, from a sketch, painting or found on stones or peeling paint. I still draw and paint, alongside making pots, and I enjoy how a simple line or mark can completely alter a piece and how the same shapes repeated, but with very different decoration, can form a cohesive family.

My work is a collection of thrown, uncluttered porcelain forms. I throw and turn the pieces to a fine finish where I then apply my marks. I work with the chalky surface, applying stains, oxides and slips, splashing and sponging away areas, adding inlaid and sgraffito lines, aiming to create imperfect and unpredictable marks. Most decorating is carried out on the wheel to convey a feeling of movement and spontaneity. I use a bold, but muted, palette on the white clay, giving the hard porcelain the appearance of softness and my work is often described as calm. I leave most of the surfaces un-glazed, which lends a paper-like, tactile quality to the pieces.

I work from my studio in my garden just outside Farnham, Surrey.

Ruthanne Tudball - CPA Fellow

Ruthanne Tudball - CPA Fellow

"My pots are thrown on a momentum wheel where they are manipulated and assembled wet. My focus is mainly on good form that reflects my individual vision. My pots are made for use and enjoyment in the preparation, serving, eating and storing of food and sometimes they can be simply for contemplation".
Work is stoneware, slip decorated and once-fired to 1300C in a wood/gas kiln where it is soda vapour glazed.
I regularly give lectures/demonstrations and workshops throughout the UK and abroad and have written the book, Soda Glazing (A & C Black)
I live in mid-Norfolk, and my studio is open to the public, but if coming from any distance it is advisable to telephone to ensure I am in my studio.

Chris Turrell-Watts  - Selected member

Chris Turrell-Watts - Selected member

Wonderbeasts are a series of small scale ceramic pieces that are influenced by medieval illustrations, fairy tales and Outsider art. Storytelling is a key theme to these pieces, suggesting distinctive characters and individual narratives. Created from a mix of hand building and press moulding and using washes of coloured slips, underglazes and oxides, these objects feel alive and purposeful.
Since graduating from the University of Brighton in 1992, I have taught at Central St Martins Foundation Course, made work for galleries and retail as well as receiving commissions from the Arts Council and Liverpool Biennial. I was ceramic consultant to Turner Prize winners Assemble and now run Baltic Clay which is a studio based in Liverpool that provides the space and support for artists to work in clay.