Shelton Pottery August 28, 2018 – Posted in: Artists
Artist : Shelton Pottery
Ceramics - Shelton Pottery
Husband and wife team Ken and Valerie Shelton make all their work by hand; each piece is individually crafted in their Cheshire studio.
Ken makes the pots from fine white earthenware. Pots thrown on the potter’s wheel are left to dry to a “leather hard” state and are then turned on the wheel, trimming away excess clay to produce the final shape and a smooth polished surface. The pots are then fired in the kiln to around 1100°C.
Valerie paints onto the fired ceramic with underglaze colours; sometimes designs are sketched in pencil first but no stencils or transfers are used so each piece is unique. Valerie’s art is about a combination of brush stroke and deep understanding of colour. After painting the pots are glazed with a transparent glaze.
Valerie studied fashion and textiles at Brighton and Bristol art colleges; a background that is reflected in her use of rich colour. Ken also works in the ceramic materials industry as a technical and marketing consultant.
Ken and Valerie are proud to have been elected in 1997 Professional Members of the prestigious Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.