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Kim Graham

My ceramics journey

I’ve been making ceramics since the 1980’s studying in Lancaster, Preston and Stoke on Trent.

I’m a member of UCLan Ceramics ArtLab, which provides access to community studio space and the support and experience of fellow potters. I’m also a member of Northern Potters Association and share the coordinator role for NPA West. We exhibit our work together throughout the year.

I’m influenced and inspired by artists – the late Derek Jarman and Yayoi Kusama…their bold use of colour and form and in Jarman’s case – his text. Texture, pattern and text are at the heart of my current work. 

I’ve always made beads and over time they’ve grown larger. The weatherbeads emerged during 2020 at a time when connecting with clay was even more important to keep us settled during turbulent times. 

Weatherbeads are handbuilt, they’re made to pick up and hold, look through to view something specific, leave in the garden during the summer and be surprised when they reveal themselves in the winter months. They’re high fired stoneware using a blend of three different clays and quite happy living indoors or out. The barium glaze varies between firings, thickness of application, different batches and depending where they’re placed in the kiln. The words on the weatherbeads change over time and can relate to the weather, flowers and healing and lately to phrases such as ‘a lazy wind will blow right through you’ and ‘there is a story to tell…start here’ 

I also make small, stamped pieces which include words such as ‘deep breathe’ which people can hold for reassurance. A reminder that life in that moment, is OK.