Pam’s ceramics are beautifully crafted, highly individual works of art, with each piece containing its own character to the point where one can imagine it may get up and start walking. Constructed and hand-built in porcelain and stoneware, Pam impresses marks, enriching each ceramic at various stages using oxides, slips and glazes building up a rich texture and depth. Some pieces stand on legs, others are highlighted with gold (perhaps the influence of Gustav Klimt), others with a delightful array of colours. The result is each item becomes a precious gem emphasizing a creation of love and drive. Although Pam makes mainly non-functional one off pieces, her ranges also include jugs, display plates and fantastic unique cups and saucers.
As a child, she was fascinated by the ancient artefacts in our local museum and continue to find the craft of past cultures colours her style and influences the development of her work. Also, She spent time with her late father while he worked as a bespoke tailor (as did many generations before him) and this has led her to a sympathy with texture and pattern and a textile like way of building in clay.
She has worked as a potter since leaving art school in 1985 at the age of 38. There have been obstacles, like running a successful Crafts Council approved Gallery above her studio for 15 years, but she has always obstinately carried on making and in 2006 closed the gallery to concentrate on her own work from her studio at Cuckoo Farm Studios.
Each piece is individually hand built in porcelain, stoneware, or a combination of both. She makes marks and impress patterns into rolled out slabs of clay, with made or found tools, the pot is then built with sections from these slabs and fired. Colour is included at all stages, with the use of oxides, slips, glazes (dolomite or barium) and precious and on-glaze lustres. Many are fired 3, 4 or sometimes 5 times.
Over the past 30 years her work has been included in many exhibitions throughout GB and abroad; a collection bought by Liberty’s, London: exhibitions in Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh: Cecelia Coleman Gallery, St. Johns Wood: The Crypt-St Paul’s, the Barbican and shown in France, Germany and the USA, with a large collection of ‘coffee and tea sets’ ordered for Saudi Arabia.
Pam said: "As a potter you sort of know what you are making, but things change dramatically from when they go in a kiln to when they come out after firing. Nothing is ever quite as expected, there is always a surprise when the kiln door opens and the contents shine back at you..."
Location: Pennefather Memorial Hall, Christ Church Barnet, St Albans Road, Barnet, Herts. EN54LA