Jill Shaddock Ceramics
Having graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Three Dimensional Design from Manchester School of Art in 2011, I set up my own ceramics studio. Now located in West Yorkshire where I design and make each piece of my ceramics by hand.
Fascinated by process and enhancing a technique associated with mass production, I explore multilayered slipcasting to create unique objects. These take the form of individual pieces and collections of curated works, which blur the boundaries between the usable and the purely decorative. With a minimal aesthetic, considered forms and refined colour palette, the work is highly tactile and the considered simplicity gradually draws attention to the subtle details.
I enjoy the scientific elements and methods of working with colour; mixing colours to recipes. Testing, tweaking, repeating and documenting these experiments is a key starting point for me to develop work. Many of the colours I produce are mixed to replicate colours within photographs I have taken. These are often of abstract details from my travels.
The forms of the vessels I create are also another important element of my work. I am naturally drawn to designing objects that have a function, where I enjoy the relationship with user and object, however I also design my work to be aesthetically pleasing as artworks alone.