Happy New Year.
I set myself the task of recruiting one new artist to my online gallery: http://www.cherrypickedforyou.co.uk/ and the artist this week is Stacey Manser-Knight. Stacey is a ceramic artist living in Brighton. Stacey's inspiration for her work comes from living by the sea and the rolling countryside of the Sussex Downs. Check out her beautiful dishes which have multi uses such as a salt dish for the dinning table, a ring or earring dish and many other uses besides.The amount of work Stacey puts in to make her ceramics is astonishing. Firstly she throws the red earthenware clay onto a potters wheel and when they have dried to a certain level she coats one side with a white liquid clay slip which has to dry and the process repeated again. This gives Stacey a thin surface to allow her to draw through. Little sculpted items are then added, a thicker clay preparation is piped on to form the raised flowers, toadstalls, birds, etc., and then the pieces are illustrated. The dishes are then fully dried out so they can be fired for the first time. Now she has a strong dry surface she can add colour to the illustrations and cover the whole items with a clear glaze. The ceramics are now fired for a second time. Next, little gold highlights and rims are added in real gold lustre, also 'on-glaze' highlights and details. Finally, they are fired for the third and last time. So you can see each piece is unique. They would make a great present or a beautiful additon to your own home.