Project Description

Kate Thorburn

Kate is a Yorkshire-based surface pattern designer with a background in both ceramic and card design.

To reflect her passions for nature and ceramic heritage, Kate combines botanical illustrations with a classic blue and white colour scheme. Created originally from sketches inspired from photographs taken, mood boards, nature, English gardens and illustrated guides: Kate’s elegant artwork is then combined digitally to create her unique style.

 ‘I aim to create the cherished objects of the future…I’d love for my pieces to be as precious and meaningful for others as they are for me, and to become treasures that owners will cherish for years to come.”

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Image of Mugs on a stool by Kate Thornton

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves New Mugs

Set of three jugs on a shelf by Kate Thorburn

Kate Thorburn: Seedhead Jug

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves Bees Image of cup and saucer

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves Bees

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves Butterfly Plate with other plates on a wall

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves Butterfly Plate

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves Large Jug

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves Large Jug

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves Set of Three Jugs on a shelf

Kate Thorburn: What Kate Loves Set of Three Jugs

Graham Blakelock

Graham has a fondness for trees, architecture, Yorkshire and chocolate (don’t we all!). His other interests involve design and graphics and he is a compulsive DIYer.

Graham has recently rediscovered his love of working with porcelain and this is his second time around working with clay. Graham feels that this is the perfect medium for him at this time in his life, enabling him to create/realise his ideas as close as possible to the images that drop into his head.

Graham’s miniature hills are exquisite. We love them here at The Yorkshire Gallery and we are so pleased he is producing a small range for us with sheep, trees and houses – all the things we love too about where we live and work!

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Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Graham Blakelock porcelain ceramics

Graham Blakelock

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte is a ceramicist from the Yorkshire Dales, who hand-builds her individual ceramics. She uses porcelain and stoneware clays, to create both functional and decorative items, which are decorated using underglazes, oxides and various glazes.

Charlotte studied ceramics for five years before setting up her studio just outside Masham from which she has been designing and making her unique functional ceramics since 2010.

Her work generally reflects the past in some form as she has a fascination in researching times past.

Her selection for The Yorkshire Gallery includespieces from Charlotte’s ‘map collection’ which originated from an exhibition she did back in 2013. She created a body of work that, through form and map inspired decoration, reflected ancient trails and roads across North Yorkshire used by drovers and packhorses surrounding the Yorkshire Landscape.

She prefers to use a slab method of construction to simply wonderful effect and also then hand paints each piece. These time consuming methods mean that every single piece of Charlotte’s work is unique.

Over the years since Charlotte has continued to develop this collection and now has a range of handbuilt porcelain ceramics, decorated in blue and white symbolic decoration.

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Charlotte Morrison ceramics

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte Morrison ceramics

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte Morrison ceramics

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte Morrison ceramics

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte Morrison ceramics

Charlotte Morrison

Charlotte Morrison ceramics

Charlotte Morrison

Katie Braida

Katie uses hand-building techniques to create individual works. This takes on a variety of forms, but experiments with more sculptural work often lead back to producing vessel forms. She enjoys the slow and relatively controlled process of coiling.  It allows time for thinking and reacting to the material at different stages.

Currently a limited pallet of colours coming from a range of clays, under glazes and oxides creates a sense of coherence across the work. More recently she has started to glaze the interior of the vessel forms which contrasts the matt exterior.

Inspiration comes from within, it is a combination of experiences past allowed to influence the present. However, she has started to look at the landscape and seascape around where she lives, and has found she is influenced by the man made and natural marks in the environment on both a large and small scale.

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Katie Braida ceramics

Katie Braida

Katie Braida ceramics

Katie Braida

Katie Braida ceramics

Katie Braida

Katie Braida ceramics

Katie Braida

Katie Braida ceramics

Katie Braida

Katie Braida ceramics

Katie Braida

Katie Braida ceramics

Katie Braida

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