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Ceramic Process

Polly Fern is a illustrator, ceramicist and canary keeper.

Taking inspiration from local, historical and childhood stories, Polly illustrates and translates her work into ceramics. Each ceramic piece is handmade, finished and fired in a Norwich based studio. Paper cutting each design by hand and collaging the designs upon the clay, she paints over the paper with a pigmented slip. Once the slip has dried a little, she then peels the design away to reveal the resisted characters, then working back into the piece by painting and drawing into the clay, making each piece unique. Polly enjoys using oxides in her work because of the pigments historical roots in pottery. Most of the blues and greens seen through out her work will be cobalt and chromium oxide, of which she uses to draw directly onto her bisque fired pieces. 

See her studio, works in progress and canaries on instagram @pollyfern

Read my most recent interview with Ceramic Review.