Speckled Wood Art

Elaine Coles – Smoke Fired Ceramics

In the early 1970’s Elaine lived in Botswana on her return she took up pottery and developed a comprehensive range of high fired domestic stoneware which she sold at various craft fairs in the South East.
From 1987-88 she did the Diploma Course at Goldsmiths College, University of London,  Her work began to develop, influenced by her African experience and her travels around the world.
Her current work is smoke fired.   The pots are thrown on a wheel, then burnished, layers of terra-sigillata applied, polishing in between each layer, giving the pot a high sheen. They are fired in saggars (a lidded container that will withstand heat) with organic materials such as sawdust, seaweed, orange peel, banana skins etc., They are fired to a temperature of 830 degrees centigrade. The smoke and flames dance over the surface creating unique marks. 
"I find the combination of the smoke and clay fascinating it gives my pots a sophistication, whilst using a fundamental and primeval approach".

Continuing her love of colour she also make traditional glazed raku pieces, using a raku clay. She sometimes, incorporates precious metal clay and gem stones. She intends her pieces to generate an emotional response by their form and depth and complexity.
Professional Member of the CPA
Surrey Guild of Craftsmen  
Bank Gallery
Chertsey Artists 
Has exhibited her work extensively in many prestigious exhibitions and galleries in England and abroad.

Her studio is off Chobham High Street, in Surrey.  Visitors are welcome by appointment. 01276 856769

73a High Street Chobham, Surrey GU24 8AF


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