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.

Daisy Button Vase Orange/Black
Slip Decorated Ceramic Stoneware
H 16cm Dia 16cm

Daisy Button Jug Orange
Slip Decorated Ceramic Stoneware
H 19cm Dia 17cm

Leaf pleat bowl
Slip Decorated Ceramic Stoneware

Spotty pleat vessel, green
Slip Decorated Ceramic Stoneware

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

Three leaf vessel - navy
Slip Decorated Ceramic Stoneware
H 37cm W 33cm D 13cm

Spotty Daisy Button Bowl
H 7cm Dia 27cm
Slip Decorated Ceramic Stineware

Spotty Daisy Jug
H 33cm W 13cm D 10cm
Slip Decorated Ceramic Stoneware

Spotty Daisy Pointy Collar Vessel
H 34 cm W 34cm D 12cm
Slip Decorated Ceramic Stoneware

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