Hilary Coole

BA (Hons) First Class Degree in Ceramics and Jewellery - Carmarthen School of Art.

Hilary is a contemporary ceramic artist producing vessels and functional ware using the process of hand built, slip decorated stoneware slabs. A lifelong career as a graphic designer, coupled with an interest in surface pattern design have influenced Hilary’s current body of work. The thematic focus of the work is specifically inspired by her mother’s clothing that featured vibrant 1950s patterns which are captured in her work from both her memories of her mother and old family photographs.

Hilary’s starting point was researching ideas about belonging, home and a sense of place. This reflective thinking flowed into investigating the form and pattern of her mother’s garments translated into clay. She uses slips, paper resist and sgraffito onto the clay then constructs vessels from these highly decorated slabs. Her intention is to evoke the fun, emotion and utopian aims of the 1950s in contrast to post war austerity. The work Hilary produces is a colourful, sculptural and contemporary interpretation of an influential era in her life.

Congratulations to Hilary who has just been given the ‘Craft and Design One to Watch’ award at New Designers, London.

Leaf pleat bowl

Daisy Collar Bowl
Slip decorated Ceramic Stoneware
H 7cm Dia 27cm

Spotty pleat vessel, green

Footstep Pleat Vessel 2
Slip decorated Ceramic Stoneware
H 37cm W 16cm D 13cm

3 Leaf Bowl Green
Slip decorated Ceramic Stoneware
H 7cm Dia 27cm

3 Leaf Collar Vessel Green
Slip decorated Ceramic Stoneware
H 34cm W 34cm D 12cm

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