Based in Rowledge, local maker and teacher Samantha Robertson produces a range of press moulded and hand thrown functional ware which are decorated using the traditional techniques of slip trailing, pouring and sgraffito.
Work is decorated when leather hard (before being biscuit fired) by layering hand cut paper stencils and coloured decorating slips, followed by scratching through the surface (sgraffito) to reveal the terracotta clay. Samantha enjoys the process of decorating work with repeat patterns using decorating slip in order to create a tactile and vibrant surface. Terracotta clay is used as its exploits the richness and warmth of the coloured decorating slips, in combination with transparent glaze.
Samantha’s influences for her work derive from interests such as English country slip ware, the natural environment and 1950s textiles.