Frances Spice lives and works in Cornwall and takes inspiration from her surroundings. She says ‘The Cornish countryside plays a part in my work, although it may not be apparent when you first take a glance at my pieces, however, when you look closely you can see the inspiration lies deep within the detail. My process is natural and constantly evolving, when you look back on my work you can see that it grows with me, changing with the fashion and my own personal taste as it develops.
Working from a summerhouse in my garden, my pots are handmade from slabs of white and black earthenware clay. My ceramic career started when I hand modelled figures and animals, a technique that I still use today as added detail on certain pieces. Often decorated with subtle colours and patterns, delicate lace is impressed onto the surface of the clay to create beautifully textured marks.
Each piece is carefully hand-painted with under-glazes and engobes. I also use various glazes, oxides, ceramic pencils and gold lustre to decorate my work. On certain pieces an organic food-safe beeswax is rubbed onto the exterior creating a slight sheen while still keeping the matt finish I prefer.’