Louise is a ceramicist from Lincolnshire who exhibits widely across the UK.
‘At school I loved art but the combination of having an uninspiring art teacher and the need for a career with a guaranteed monthly pay cheque, I studied to become a radiographer. Over the years I became increasingly unfulfilled with the lack of creativity in my job, so I decided to teach myself to paint and gradually started selling my work in galleries and online. I also began doing work for publishing companies. My love of animals, domestic and wild, influenced my artwork and a few years later an impromptu ride, through a little village about 15 miles from home, found me browsing around a little pottery studio and gallery and, to my delight, they held weekly pottery classes. After a year or so, my work improved in leaps and bounds and I was receiving lots of commissions. This is when I decided to take the plunge and set up my own studio, complete with brand new kiln, and I haven't looked back since.
I work with stoneware and porcelain clays. After the sculptures have been bisque fired, I apply the colours in the form of oxides, underglazes and a limited application of glazes. I prefer my animals to have a matt finish and glaze is only applied to areas such as the eyes. The sculptures are then fired again to 1250 degrees for about 10 hours.'