Sue Jenkins – Artist Blog
We are very excited to introduce you to Sue Jenkins, one of the artists who will be showcasing their work at featured@ fair trader during April, May and June 2022. Sue is a potter working from a small studio in Holmfirth.
Although I have no formal qualifications in ceramics and am mostly self taught (I have attended a few courses and classes), I have been working with clay since 1974 when I helped to run informal pottery workshops with children in Liverpool. Until I recently retired I taught adults the joys of clay-work for 28 years, at The North Light Gallery Art School, Huddersfield, and The Holmfirth Adult Education Centre. I am a member of the Northern Potters Association, and supply a few shops and galleries.
Having lived in the Holme Valley for many years, I was originally inspired by the local landscape to make pots based on my surroundings and the animals in them. These were originally hand-built in slabs of clay and fired to earthenware temperatures using green and brown stains and glazes, I also supplied many hand made tiles to an exclusive tile company for a couple of years.
Later I discovered crank stoneware clay and loved its coarse sandy textures and suitability for larger outside work. I’ve always made sheep & farmyard animals so it was natural to continue. The birds and animals have grown in size, character and variety and have been joined by quirky figures and a variety of planters and one-off sculptures, still based on natural patterns, organic shapes and themes.
The perfect combination of two passions, Ceramics and Gardening!
Sue Jenkins, March 2022
You can see a selection of Sue's work in the top room at Fair Trader during April, May and June 2022.