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Sue Rutherford - mid-fire stoneware  

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My studio is in Lake Hawea, close to the lake and mountains. I have lived in Central Otago for over twenty five years although I am originally from the Midlands, UK. I am essential self taught, having discovered pottery making after studying sculpture at Nottingham Trent University. After qualifying as an Art teacher I taught 3D design for a number of years before travelling, then settling in NZ.

My work is an eclectic mix of decorative, thrown, hand built, glazed, functional, whimsical vessels.

Making combines a number of hand-building techniques: coiling, slab-building and wheel thrown. I work both spontaneously and at other times painstakingly carving clay, attempting to imbue pattern and a sense of erosion.

Glazing can either involve layering reactive and eruptive materials, often very thickly, creating rich textural surfaces or decorating in a painterly fashion with hand mixed slips and finished with a clear glaze.

My work is multi-fired in an oxidation, electric kiln.

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