Wendy Calder is one of our ceramicists here at Homefront. Graduating from Bath Spa University in BA Hons Ceramics, Bristol based Wendy has been making ceramics since 1996. Wendy has not only spent a large amount of time, travelling the world, but also held a long career as a tutor at Bath City College and on other Arts and Art Foundation courses for over a decade, before leaving to live in America and Canada for her husband’s work. Enjoying sharing her work with others, young and old alike, she is happy holding Open Studios and runs both private lessons and children’s parties. She also enjoys charitable work fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society through her Open Studio days.
Wendy’s work is made from earthenware clay with monoprintsurface designs. She enjoys sketching and taking inspiration for new work from her garden and walks around the local nature reserve. Thrown on the wheel, the bases are turned when leatherhard and then a pulled handle is attached. The monoprints are drawn and added at this stage. The pieces are bisque fired to 1040oc. A transparent glaze is finally applied and fired to 1140oc. The jewellery is decorated the same way.
To make the monoprints she paints ceramic black body stain onto glass. When dry, ceramic tissue is carefully laid on top and the drawings are done. The tissue is placed on the leatherhard clay and the image is gently rubbed on. Two, sometimes three prints can be made from the original, each one slightly paler so no two pieces of work are the same. The negative image is produced by placing a new piece of tissue on the glass and gently rubbing over the image, picking up the rest of the black stain. This produces quite a different quality of print, one which can be used as a backdrop with more positive prints on top.
Wendy has been creating beautiful, delicate pottery and jewellery with a botanical theme which we are proud to stock. Little dandelion clocks gently blowing away and tiny snow drops and crocuses are just some of the stunning images that grace her elegant and gently curved mugs, jugs, sugar bowls and vases. Smaller versions can also be found on lovely clean, cream ceramic earrings, brooches and necklaces. We are thrilled to have such a well-established artisan on our team of guest makers