My main influences are natural and architectural forms, particularly the statements created by monumental constructions of rock and ancient monuments in mountain regions and coastal landscapes. I was brought up in Snowdonia, Wales surrounded by an environment shaped by the elements and have lived by the sea in Greece and Sussex. My observations and memories of these ever changing hinterlands, have become embedded in my creative expression.
Working with cIay I hand build, without using a potter’s wheel, using the ancient traditions of coiling and pinching techniques. The clays I favour are in a range of white and buff stoneware sculptural clays, Earthstone or Y-Material.
I sometimes use precious metal lustres, matt glazes and metal oxides to highlight texture, but prefer to allow the clay to speak for itself. I strive to produce forms that play with shadow and light, combine stillness with movement and embrace a duality of fragility and strength.
In 2010 Tanya Gomez graduated from the Royal College of Art completing a Masters in Ceramics and Glass. These two years gave her the chance to developed throwing skills and advanced glazing techniques and firings.
In Gomez's early years she spent five years working on private yachts, travelling the globe, absorbing colour, shape and diverse cultures. She had a desire to express her inspirations through clay. After graduating in 2004, from the University of Brighton with a BA Honours in 3D crafts her passion now lies in ceramics.
Gomez works from her studio in Lewes, East Sussex where she has been professionally working as a ceramicist for the last seven years exhibiting at major shows around the United Kingdom and working to commissions.
I have been potting since 1998, trained by ex-Aldermaston potter, Mohamed Hamid, in Lewes, East Sussex. My studio is in Lewes.
My hand made pots are made from a white stoneware clay and decorated using a variety of glazes and decoration techniques. The glaze colours are derived from metal oxides or industrial stains. Fired to between 1260 and 1280 degrees C in an electric kiln, the vessels can be used in the oven and washed in a dishwasher.
I work in my Burwash studio in East Sussex using various materials including stoneware and earthenware clays.
I make stylised ceramic animals and I smoke fire them or use the traditional Raku method. Raku is a traditional Japanese technique of glaze firing linked to the Tea Ceremony. It involves removing the glazed sculpture from the kiln when the glaze is molten. It is then put in a reduction chamber and covered with sawdust. The smoke penetrates the clay creating the black crackle. Alternatively I smoke fire the sculptures to create unique colours and designs.
I studied Ceramics for three years at Eastbourne Art College from 1977 - 1980. Since then I have worked as an assistant for Jonathan Chiswell-Jones and Mohamed Hamid. I have also taught for many years in Adult Education and run children's workshops in Sussex.
I continue to teach privately at my studio in Paddock lane Lewes.
The work exhibited here is Raku fired.
Mohamed Hamid has been a potter for 32 years. He established the Star Pottery in Lewes in 1989.
Mohamed specialises in brush decorated, hand-thrown stoneware and earthenware Majolica pottery in the tin glazed earthenware tradition.
He gained his BA Hons Ceramics at Farnham Art college. The he trained with Alan Caiger-Smith at Aldermaston Pottery and later with Jonathan Chiswell-Jones in Sussex.
In 1989 he was awarded a Crafts Council Grant and established his workshop in the Star Brewery building.
Mohamed is a member of the CPA, SDC and the Sussex Guild