Laura draws on her native birthplace, Africa, to form a style which reflects the earth and its colours, patterns and textures. Building on the techniques learned there she works largely with coarse sculptural clay bodies in terracottas and whites, hand building large coiled pieces. Rustic, organic vessels, in textured decorative forms.
The colours in the collection reveal Laura’s earthy nature and moody temperament, matching the hues of Africa and the muddy tones of the soil while the whites reflect the peace she feels when creating pots. The clean lines and natural palette. The use of oxides to match her chosen clay medium, create matte finishes and patinas. Frequently smoke firing the vessels using sawdust, to create the asymmetrical deeper effects which this method provides. Laura says, “I love the smell that lingers on the pot after this firing, transporting me to the countryside where things grow and are ever changing.”
“A pot teaches me humility – the control of clay is limited – ultimately, it takes on a life of its own, having its own spirit.” -Laura Jankelson.
Measures 35cm W x 9cm H