Giovanna Price Pottery
To enjoy exploring and creating something unique out of clay based on my love of the natural world and to be able to share these 'creations' with others. I love the idea that so many people are enjoying my work in their homes in this country and around the world.
I also enjoy encouraging young children to explore and make, allowing them the freedom to 'play' with clay.
Much of my work is influenced by the dramatic landscapes and diversity of natural forms found in my native Sicily, for example the snowy slopes of Mount Etna and the lava found there. Some of my work reflects the deep colours of the Ionian Sea and the rich terracotta of the earth.
I'm also influenced by the Warwickshire countryside, drawing on the vibrant greens of the foliage.
The landscape of Ancient Egypt and the timeless vistas of the great American national parks, the flora of the Amazon jungle and the awe-inspiring heights of Machu Picchu all inspire me to produce the subtle curves, patterns and textures that are emblematic of my work.
I hand build using mainly stoneware or earthenware terracotta clay. I use moulds to begin forming bowls and dishes and work on them once they are firm enough to be removed from the mould. With my vases and sculptural pieces I work with the clay, inspired by natural forms, often slabbing and frequently not knowing where my ideas will take me. I pinch and pull and add pieces which produces the distinctive delicate edging to my work. I may also use a heat gun to crack my work as it dries. I mostly mix my own glazes. Another distinctive feature of my bowls and dishes is the addition of sea glass added at the glazing stage. I collect these pieces from the beaches in my native Sicily.