Kilnworks ceramics are individually designed and hand-crafted in Helen's Devon based studio. She enjoys the social activities surrounding dining and entertaining and finds it fascinating to observe how our cultural references, with whom we are socialising and the circumstances of the event each effect the tableware choices we make. Helen likes to make pieces that are part of this experience may spark a comment or conversation.
Inspiration for the shapes come from many places including; modern Architecture, also living by the sea has given her a passion for the coastline, the elegance of sailing boats the tension of the sail as they glide through the water and the shape and geology of the coastline are all influential aspects of her vessels design. The way an object looks and feels to hold and to use are important considerations for her, when making a functional object, her challenge is to keep within the confines of functional practicality whilst still exploring innovative shapes for design. Ultimately the aim is to make tableware that will be both enjoyable to look at and fun to use.
Each piece has a unique quality, being individually hand-crafted from white earthenware using a combination of techniques including; hand-throwing on a potters wheel and building from slabs of clay. Finally the pots are fired with a high-gloss glaze making them practical for everyday use.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1995, Helen has exhibited in a number of craft council approved galleries throughout the UK and she is currently a selected member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.