Artist: Hannah McAndrew
Hannah McAndrew, SCOTLAND
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My love for the material I work with has seen me move from a densely populated urban area to this quiet corner of rural Galloway. After my degree the desire to continue to learn about clay led me, eventually, to find an apprenticeship with wood firing, earthenware potter Jason Shackleton. Jason introduced me to the techniques of slip trailing and sgraffito and the use of a flame burning kiln to fire them which have formed the basis of my work since then.
I make pots with a purpose, pots for use in the home. My work, thrown in red earthenware is decorated with coloured slips and rich honey glazes. The decoration is applied to the surface of the pot whilst the slipped surface is still glistening wet. The nature of this means that patterns applied must be free and fluid to take full advantage of this state.
Firing in my wood kiln gives me a further connection to my pots that I feel I don't get from the electric kiln. I have been intrigued and drawn in by the process of wood firing since I assisted at two very different firings whilst at university and then worked with one throughout my apprenticeship.
With red earthenware clays, slips and honey glazes I love the extra depth of colour and variation of tones that can be achieved with the flames. Being more involved with the pots and the whole process too is enthralling, the wood firing adventure is only just beginning but I am so very excited by it and what it holds and where it might lead me.
My passion is for domestic slipware pottery but I am also drawn to and fascinated by the technical and practical challenges presented by working on a larger scale. For this reason my more recent work has involved increasing the scale of these forms that I love to take them away from the constraints of function. I always feel that jugs in particular in whatever style they take have a strong anthropomorphic feel and I am working to bring them closer and closer to this in scale too. Imagine a baluster jug that you could wrap your arms around.
Over the last couple of years I have been writing articles for Craft & Design Magazine and for Ceramic Review. In April 2011 I was invited to spend a month in America on a tour of demonstrations at arts centres and pottery societies. Then in November 2011 I was invited along with 25 makers to represent Scotland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. 2013 sees my pots being exhibited at Takashimaya in Tokyo, Minnesota in the USA as well as me taking part in Potfest in the Park and Art in Clay at Hatfield House and Contemporary Ceramics in London.
I have been in business as a studio potter for ten years. During that time I have built up a strong support from galleries and individuals up and down the country and in more recent years in the USA and Japan. I am currently researching some new ideas which will be developed from inquiry into the press moulded wares of Samuel Malkin in the early 1700s. My ambitions for the next decade include building on my understanding of wood firing earthenwares and continuing to exhibit internationally.
Elected professional member of the Craft Potters Association, 2009
Nominated for the first Janet Mansfield Memorial Award by the International Ceramics Magazine Editors Association
Craft & Design Selected Awards Silver Award winner in ceramics: 2009, 2010 & 2012.
Manchester Metropolitan University, BA (Hons), Three Dimensional Design
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Earth and Fire International Potters Festival, Nottingham
Minnesota Pottery Tour, USA
Takashimaya Department Store Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
Winter Warmth, Castlegate House Art Gallery, Cockermouth
Winter Exhibition, McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas
Potfest in the Park, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, Cumbria
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
Spring Fling, Dumfries and Galloway Open Studio Event
Artspace, Barn Galleries, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire
Slipware, Gallery St. Ives, Tokyo, Japan
Art Fair Tokyo, Japan
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, USA
Exhibition 6'11, The Red Barn, Penrith, Cumbria
Country Pursuits VII, The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hetfordshire
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest, Penrich
Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
Earth and Fire, International Ceramics Show, Rufford Country Park, Nottingham
Ancient Mariner, The Image Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk
Blackwell House, Windermere, Cumbria
Clay & Blogs: Telling a Story, Campbell House Galleries, North Carolina USA
Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch, London
Potfest in the Park, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria
Group Summer Exhibition, Westerwald Museum, Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany
A Breath of Fresh Air, Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery
Hohr-Grenzhausen, Germany, Part of the UK contingent to exhibit at this ceramics market
Gifted, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
TEACHING & DEMONSTRATIONS
Invited on a tour to demonstrate in Cape Cod, Virginia and North Carolina USA
Demonstrator at Earth and Fire, Nottingham
Invited demonstrator for the Scottish Potters Association annual conference, Perthshire
Demonstrator at the Slipware workshop at Taena Pottery, Gloucestershire
"The Joy of Jugs", Ceramic Review June/July
Report on PMA Craft Show, Craft & Design Magazine, March/April
Homes and Interiors, Scotland, May/June
Featured in - The Shelby Star Newspaper, North Carolina, April
Featured in - Period Living Magazine, April
Diary of a Craft Worker for Craft & Design Magazine, bimonthly through 2010
Featured in - World of Interiors Magazine, August
"A World of Opportunity" Ceramic Review, August/September