For Olivia Horley, the Lewes-based ceramicist, pots provide a sanctuary, creating a moment of stillness in our busy lives. She throws her bowls on the wheel, but then when they are at the 'leather' stage, she cuts and re-forms their sides. The resulting bowls combine organic form with mathematical precision. They have an air of fragility but are designed to be used and enjoyed in everyday life.
However, we would recommend washing by hand
Horley grew up around pottery. A French studio potter lived on her family’s farm, and she would watch him throw from a young age. Handmade pottery was part of daily life: the Mexican Pueblo ware from her mother’s childhood, Danish pieces collected by her parents, Limoges from her grandfather. Her grandparents were artists, and at the Steiner school she attended, making by hand – something the Steiner movement believes connects us to humanity – was taken very seriously.Visit Designer Page
"I like a pot to tell the history of its making and materiality, rather than eradicate the process for a polished end piece. "