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Hilary Simms

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CATEGORY: Professional
METHOD: Hand building
TEXTURE: Medium textured
FIRING RANGE: 900°c - 1280°c

Artist Statement
After working for a number of years in a small industrial ceramics workshop, my passion was to return to the hand building techniques of coiling and pinching the clay, slowly coaxing the clay into the desired form.

A trip to The Gambia provided the inspiration for my Nautilus collection. Shells and bones were collected on a deserted beach and these natural forms influenced my current work. The naked Raku finish seems to bring the forms to life. It is a very surprising and exciting way to finish my work.

Hilary uses PF 520 (Ashraf Hanna). All the Nautilus Collection are naked raku fired.