Varie Freyne

I started pottery as a hobby 40 years ago, I began with hand-building & then developed skills on the wheel. I worked a lot with red earthenware clay & developed designs using majolica glaze & oxides.

Since taking early retirement & moving to the North East I have bought a kiln & now work in stoneware & white earthenware clays & mainly hand build using slabs, coils & moulds. I love constructing forms / shapes with clay in various states, either soft coils or leather hard sections. I rely on decorating techniques rather than glazes, on most pieces. I use a clear glaze, as the decoration for me is the most important part. I have an interest in printing & textile design & use this as an inspiration for decorating my ceramics.

On stoneware clay I use coloured slips to decorate, sometimes in a very fluid way with brushes & sometimes in a more precise way using the scragfitto technique. I also use brush-on glazes with painterly oxide designs.

On white earthenware clay I make use of vibrant coloured underglazes to create designs inspired by textiles & photos taken on my travels.

I am a member of the Northern Potters Association.

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