Continuing within a long and rich lineage of British slipware, Hannah McAndrew creates highly decorative pieces of pottery which have a purpose. Influenced by the eighteenth century potters of Staffordshire and Devon yet translated with a contemporary eye, Hannah has become increasingly known for the deftness of her slip trail work.
“I enjoy the challenge of creating a piece that will not simply perform its task well, but will be attractive to the eye and instil a sense of comfort and warmth to its surroundings. My pots are thrown in red earthenware clay and decorated using coloured slips. The decoration is applied to the surface of the pot by use of a slip trailer, while the surface is still glistening wet. Sometimes I allow the slipped surface to dry a little, so that I can inscribe motifs with sgrafitto lines. These slips are subsequently enhanced by the addition of a layer of rich honey glaze.” Hannah McAndrew
Hannah McAndrew is based in Galloway, Scotland where she shares a studio with husband and fellow potter, Doug Fitch.
Portrait image by Kim Ayres.