Armstrong, Paula

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Paula Armstrong,
Paula Armstrong Ceramics,
Fenstanton, U.K.



Artist Statement:
Inspired by the potential within seed pods, the exterior of the curvaceous forms are earthy and imperfect while the interior space is adorned with intricate textures and patterns.

Studio Description: 
In an old shop space my studio is big enough to teach classes and cosy enough to be a lovely place to work. With three electric kilns and all the tools used for teaching, it is well equipped for hand building (my speciality).

What type of clay do you use?
Potterycrafts Raku Modelling Clay.

What temperature do you fire to?
1200 C.

What is your primary forming method?

What is your favorite surface treatment?

Do you make any of your own tools?
A few but most are bought or found.

What one word would you use to describe your work?

What is your favorite thing about your studio?

What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
My orange handled knife.

What are your top three studio wishes?
Kilns that always work.
Warm, friendly atmosphere with busy classes and visitors dropping in.
Room to grow.

How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Reclaiming clay.

What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
My current challenge is building pieces that are decorated as I build and then single fired.

What did you first piece look like?
I made a baby monkey wrapped in a blanket at school but its head cracked. I’m not sure it was my first piece but was definitely one of my earliest…


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