CPA Members Profiles - A

CPA Members Profiles – A

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Billy Adams - Fellow member

Billy Adams - Fellow member

I have been lecturing and making ceramics vessels for over thirty-five years, and have been a Fellow of the CPA for about thirty years. My work explores our relationship with the landscape, and experiments with how we view it. I work with vessel formats: combining different clays, glazes, textures and colours which challenge the viewer’s preconceived idea of landscape. The vessels represent profound arguments concerning an individual’s perception and memory of an ever-changing landscape. My work is a combination of structures and forms interacting with man made elements, provoking the onlooker to question the value of a vessel as a piece of sculpture. Rims, handles, lips and balance are commonplace within traditional ceramics, yet I enjoy using these elements in a unique integrated way which elevates them beyond their own identifiable function and so gives them another meaning. The finished pieces are recognised as jugs, bowls, vessels (and lately plates). My vessels incorporate three different types of clay, which are then mutli-glazed and fired (up to five times) to build up a rich vocabulary of tones and colours, highlighting my unique surfaces which is a characteristic of my work. Based in Cenarth, in rural West Wales, visitors are welcome to my studio any time, where you can see work in progress as well as a large selection of my ceramics.

Jaqui Atkin - Selected member

Jaqui Atkin - Selected member

Based in north Shropshire, close to the Welsh border market town of Oswestry, I have been potting for more than twenty years now, focusing on low firing techniques, especially resist Raku in the early years. However, more recently, my work has been exploring new themes and less hazardous methods of firing.
I now incorporate my lifelong love of pattern and texture into the work using velvet underglazes to create bold colour variations.

I work with grogged white earthenware using all making methods, often combining techniques to create composite forms – moulded sections with slabbed additions, thrown sections with coiled additions etc.

Inspiration for form and pattern is drawn from many sources but I have an endless fascination with birds which feature strongly in a stylised form, along with botanical imagery. Much of the imagery I use is drawn from a love of antique textiles but I am also strongly drawn to design from the 1950’s so this too influences the work.

I am the author of 5 books about ceramics and currently working on the 6th. Writing is a different discipline which I enjoy because it involves much research and as a result expands my knowledge of clay processes.


All my books are available through my website.

Visitors are welcome to my workshop but will need guidance to find it so please call in advance.

Elizabeth Aylmer - Selected member

Elizabeth Aylmer - Selected member

I have been making pottery for more than forty years – a production thrower taking great pride in the ability to produce quantities of domestic stoneware quickly and efficiently and I love it. It’s a joy watching people using my pottery and using it myself. I also have many pots made by fellow potters which I love to use.
However at this point in my life, not far from eighty years of age, it feels like a time for change and therefore I have just sold my large gas kiln and replaced it with a smaller one.
My ‘Rukweza’ domesticware, which I have made for many years, is to be phased out and replaced with short runs of individual pots. Still useful I expect but I will try hard not to make matching sets! The same family but not identical - a challenge! I may even try my hand at sculpting something. I will certainly be re-visiting porcelain which I met some years ago and loved it - a very exciting life ahead!