If porcelain had ears . . . . .
My greatest pleasure comes from making vessels which hold someone’s intimate and personal story. By incorporating found material from the place where a couple became engaged or from the foundations of the family home; by adding an architects drawing of a house extension or an image of the skyline; by sealing the words of a poem inside a vessel I can bring your special place alive and make a piece of art which will last for generations.
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Click on the thumbnails to find out more about the stories of these pieces.
I couldn’t have been more touched to recieved my beautiful present. I didn’t ask questions when my husband announced that he needed to go off and do something in secret on our honeymoon. Little did I know he was collecting some earth from a place very special to us, a place where he proposed and that we went back to for our honeymoon. A few weeks later my amazing friends presented me with the bowl made using the soil that my husband had dug up and sent down to Bridget! To top it off she managed to put a map on the inside to show where the soil was taken! I have shown many a person who has come round to my house and it always gets wonderful compliments, if only porcelain had ears!
A commission to create a memory piece focussed on the family home of many years and given as a birthday present to an ailing elderly parent
I commissioned Bridget to create a piece for my father’s 70th birthday. He lives in a house that he built in the woodland behind my grandparents’ house. We all grew up playing there so the land, and the house, mean a huge amount to us. Bridget beautifully incorporated soil from the land and architectural plans of the build into a stunning bowl which is now pride of place in their home. He is so hard to buy for so it was wonderful to find such a beautiful piece of art that is unique, unusual and personal. He was absolutely delighted when he opened it and it is very special to all of us. Bridget is a joy to work with as well.
After 25 years in our house we decided to build an art studio. One rainy day during construction I dug clay from the bottom of a soggy foundation trench before it was filled with concrete. I presented it to Bridget unceremoniously, in a muddy bag, with a flippant challenge to make something from it. Weeks later we were stunned when she presented us with this wonderful piece, with its subtle references to our new building, on our Silver Wedding Anniversary. We feel honoured to own such a beautiful work of art that celebrates our marriage, carries within it material from our treasured home and was created with skill and imagination.
When we commissioned Bridget to make a piece for some great friends, I could not think of a nicer present. It is beautiful, original and highly personal. She used earth from the foundations of their house (as it was being revamped) to create a stunning vessel. It is not only lovely to look at, it tells a particular story and time and is a complete one off. She took huge amounts of trouble with the map inside and to make sure everything was perfect. Bridget is wonderful to talk to, open to all kinds of ideas and thoughts and the whole process from the commissioning to the receiving was a complete pleasure.
One of Bridget’s unique bowls sits on a low table in our home; swirls of clay scooped from the foundation of our much-loved kitchen extension are mixed into the transluscent walls of porcelain. When you peer inside there’s a map of where our house sits in the village at the bottom. Everyone who comes here is fascinated by it. My sister was the latest person to see it and she loved it. She lives in a red-brick farmhouse at the foot of the Malvern Hills, and she wouldnt live anywhere else. Time and again, she has looked after our two dogs, and she never wants anything in return… Well, now we know just what we can give her to say thank you. It’s lovely to commission Bridget to do this for us… she has entered into our secret conspiracy and her enthusiasm to create something special for someone special of somewhere special is magic.