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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Charlotte Hupfield – Ceramic Designer/Maker


Charlotte Hupfield is a ceramic designer/maker based in Daventry, Northamptonshire, England.


Her passion for Ceramics began from an early age, and she always knew it was a craft she wanted to master. It was at Coventry University where she expanded her previous knowledge and making processes, and graduated in 2008 with a BA Honours degree in Surface Decoration, specialising in Ceramics. Throughout these 3 years she developed her own personal style of work.






Charlotte's Ceramics are all individual one off pieces, hand made by herself. She produces a range of contemporary vases, bowls, sculptural vessels, clocks, coasters, wall plaques and magnets, which are influenced by her observations in natural surfaces, colours and forms in the landscape. Charlotte's work can be used for decoration or function, and is suitable for interior and exterior use.





Charlotte has her ceramics stocked in various galleries in the UK, and enjoys doing lots of craft fairs and exhibitions. She am always looking for new opportunities and ways to promote herself and her work. Her work can be viewed on-line at her website, and purchased on-line via Folksy.


People are welcome to contact Charlotte regarding a special order, if they are looking for something which is that little bit more personalised, or for a gift or commission.



Having always been attracted to natural surroundings and organic surfaces, Charlotte is genuinely drawn to textures within the world around us. Her ceramics explores the landscape and the detail of many different natural surfaces. Whilst concealed amongst these surroundings, she feels relaxed and at home. Charlotte finds it amazing to see the changes in rocks and coves caused by weathering and erosion from the sea, bumpy and colourful linear patterns found within fields and hills, and the surfaces in nature where no two marks are ever the same – it is this particular aspect that her ceramics connects to.






Charlotte's ceramics are all individually handmade with love, care and attention to detail. Each piece is a one-off, and is not something that the High Street can offer. Hand-building is a process of making that she is really passionate about, and she enjoys constructing an item using her hands to thoroughly engage with what she is making. Before hand-constructing the ceramic forms, she produces mixed-media drawings and prints, which inform the surfaces of the clay. Her work is fired in an electric kiln up to stoneware temperature 1260°C.


Charlotte currently works full-time in a sales office, which she enjoys but she would love to be able to sell my ceramics for a living one day. The majority of her spare time is usually taken up with something relating to her ceramics, whether it be making/decorating new work, brainstorming ideas, replying to e-mails, updating on-line resources (her website, blog, Facebook group), chatting on forums, researching, liaising with galleries, booking new craft fairs, etc.



When not creating, Charlotte enjoys reading, holidays, seeing different places around the world, horse riding, shopping, visiting galleries/craft shops, socialising with friends, spending time with her boyfriend, nice food and wine!



Charlotte's boyfriend plays a large part in her life, especially with her ceramics. She is so grateful for all the help and support received by him over the last 3 years – from carrying and lifting boxes for her, to supporting her at shows.



Charlotte's work can also be seen at the following galleries:

www.hayrackgallery.com

www.evergreengallery.co.uk

www.petalsforu.co.uk








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