Jennie Longbottom
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Porcelain VasesDecorative orbsI came to clay many years ago, as so many do during Junior school, trying to retain my skills at evening school and short courses throughout my professional career.

Over the last two years I have moved towardsthe use of porcelain and clay, using simple techniques to highlight the clay rather than glazes. Combining the pottery wheel with hand building skills to develop my own form.  This remains in its infancy but I have recently learned the art of smoke firing, raku and electric horse hair firing techniques to compliment the pottery I make. I prefer the natural look and feel of stoneware, especially porcelain, keeping my glazing to a minimum.

By using stoneware and porcelain in many forms of garden vessels I can use the earth to highlight colours from the garden, having a practical and pleasing look to any garden.  Most of my work is scattered in my garden for visitors to see but this year (2021) I will be displaying some of this work in Cambridge Open Studios. Some of the work will be both practical and amusing. After joining Anglian Potters six years ago, I have become passionate about the use of clay as an art form along with the therapeutic properties of creativity.






    Small porcelain bud vases

    Porcelain Splash pots

    Porcelain orbs

    Small porcelain splash pot

    Cambridge Open Studio 2021

    July Open Studios

    Cambridge Open Studios 2021
    Cambridge Open Studios 2021
    ceramics, terracotta garden ware
    My work is now composed of both hand building and integrated wheel thrown pieces using stoneware and porcelain clays and glazed.
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    Inspiration comes from looking at other artits's work and nature. Glazing is kept to a minimum in order to appreciate the natural feel and texture of the clay which at times is highly burnished and smoke fired; at other times with minimal glazing and oxides. My passion is the work of Mata Ortiz handbuiding and aztec designs and this is what I am working towards.

    I prefer rounded, natural shapesof nature, with landscape reflexions which can be achieved with smoke, horsehair and saggar firings. This sits well when using teracotta or unglazed stoneware.