This Summer’s event will see more ceramists than any of our previous events. All three create subtly interesting and beautiful pieces, and Victoria Hutchinson is one of that triumvirate making super-desirable items….
Please introduce yourself…
Hello, I am Victoria, designer and maker of victoriahutchinsonceramics.com, specialising in handmade porcelain ceramics.
Describe the products you currently make
Using a slip casting method I design and make a model from clay, cast a plaster mould from this in which I pour porcelain layers of white and coloured porcelain slip, once cast the pieces are individually ‘scraped away’ to reveal a band of colour. Each piece is then polished to a smooth elegant tactile finish. I also source vintage lace which I use to embellish into my gift tags and bell decorations. All are created to compliment one another, with the attractive feature that no two pieces are exactly alike. All my work is un-glazed so as to show the translucent nature and simple whiteness of porcelain, giving the pieces a sense of purity.
When and where do you design and make your products?
I work from my home in my beautiful Victorian conservatory, it can get a little hot in there during the summer months particularly when I am doing a firing. I surround myself with lots of succulent plants which love the heat and spend hours in there designing and making.
How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?
I have been selling my work part time now for almost 10 years. Although I studied printmaking at university I spent most of my time in the ceramics and sculpture workshops. I decided to re-kindle this passion a few years after graduating and I have not looked back since. I am self taught in most of my ceramic techniques.
What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?
The sea brought me to Brighton initially. Being from Stockport, a Northern town south of Manchester, it was my dream to live by the sea. I lived in Brighton for 11 years but moved to Eastbourne a few years ago. I really miss the creative buzz of Brighton but I visit regularly.
Any other crafty disciplines you like to practice?
I have just started to make ceramic jewellery and I will be launching a small range at craftaganza. I have decided to use parian clay which has a beautiful translucent whiter finish, lending itself beautifully with sterling silver jewellery. I have always had a passion for jewellery and I am excited about expanding my work into this medium.
What inspires the things you make?
My main inspiration is through organic forms found in nature – the intricate patterns of coral, the simple form of an unopened flower and the delicate shapes created by the sea. I am also influenced by early 20th century objects, fabrics and designs – handmade lace, reusable glass bottles, delicate tea cups and vintage fabric. I think these objects have their own sense of history and also show the natural ageing effects of time.
Do what you love and do it often.