Although I have a first class degree in Ceramics, it is my background in Physics and Engineering which drives my continual experimentation with clay, glazes, process and design. I strive for perfection, love being spontaneous and yet I have relentless patience which keeps my work fresh, interesting and at a high standard.
I have supplied local restaurants and hotels with unique pieces of tableware. My work is also in collections in London, Austria, America, France, China, Australia and New Zealand.
About Liz Collinson
I live in the most beautiful part of the country. The coast line, to the north of Lancaster is very special with gorgeous colourful beaches, and spectacular sunsets. The Trough of Bowland has raw beauty with quiet rolling hills and plentiful wildlife and just up the road is the Lake District. It could be a bit warmer though!
I graduated in the summer of 2007 with a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramics, "Best in show" award from Portmeirion and a bursary from the Craft Potters Association.
Since attending the Slade School of Art in the summer of 2008, I have been experimenting with colour, both in my oil paintings and my ceramics.
I am very creative and I would find it hard to work only with one type of clay and one technique. Therefore I paint and slab build with porcelain and I throw and turn with earthenware and stoneware clay.
I paint with a mixture of porcelain fibre slip and the 3 primary colour stains along with some oxides. My paintings are spontaneous. Each day is different and I paint how I feel on the day. I have the sense of what would be an interesting thin translucent vessel. The surface quality is very important as I love textures. I enjoy the ambiguity of making seemingly, decaying pieces of work from delicately thin, precious porcelain.
I use the highest quality materials and strive to attain the highest standard of work. I throw with earthenware and stoneware clays and I enjoy the risk of producing the thinnest, largest vessel possible with a piece of clay. The form is all important and I love rounded shapes which melt into the hands upon holding. Although throwing is an addictive process, it is the turning which I enjoy the most. To achieve a beautiful vessel, the weight to size ratio has to be just right and this is achieved by knowing the vessel literally inside and out before turning.
The final stage is the glazing. It's a celebration; by applying gorgeous glazes, some buttery and warm, others more colourful, the vessel becomes whole.
- 2012 David Frith, Throwing course at Potclays ( 2 days)
- 2008 Slade School of Art, UCL London
- 2004-2007 BA (Hons) First Class, Ceramics, UCLAN
- 2003 City and Guilds Ceramic qualification
- 1995-1996 PGCE, St Martin’s College, Lancaster
- 1978-1982 Bsc (Hons) Physics, University of Aston, Birmingham
- 2008-Now Self Employed Ceramic Artist
2004 Science and Mathematics teacher
- 1986-1996 Engineering
- 1983-1986 Production Engineer at GEC Traction, Preston
- 1982-1983 Graduate Engineer at GEC Traction, Preston
- 1981-1980 Sandwich year, Acoustics Engineer at the UKAEA, Risley, Warrington
- Ceramic Review, Colour in Practice, CR 236, Mar /Apr 2009
- Best in Show Portmerion Award 2007
- Craft Potters Association Bursary, 2007
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I try to be as eco-friendly as possible so have chosen to use noissue tissue paper and tape for my packaging. I also use old boxes that have been previously used so that I am re-using packaging when possible.
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