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Claire Lardner Burke Ceramics

Claire began ceramics in 2008 at the Putney School of Art, London where she had access to a gas kiln and fell in love with the effects of reduction firing. Making small pinch pots she experimented continuously with textures, oxides, slips and glazes, making discoveries, finding surprises and an unpredictable beauty in the outcome that she loved.

"I throw delicate, light forms with rough surfaces which I then work on by pinching, adding to and altering, sometimes to the point of creating cracks and fissures, enhancing the relationship between their strength and their fragility. People have often commented that my work looks as if it has been dug up from the earth after being there for centuries, marked by time and nature." — Claire Lardner Burke. Ceramics Artist

​Long having been fascinated with the natural process of time upon things, the beautiful unique marks and colours of age and weathering, she saw this and developed it in her work.

In 2015 she moved to The Kiln Rooms, a community studio in Peckham Rye, London, where she developed a technique that would continue to recreate the marks, depth, texture and unpredictable beauty in outcome that she loved with the reduction firing but in an electric kiln. This unpredictability means she never knows exactly how her work will come out. She very much enjoys and embraces the unpredictable uniqueness of each of her pieces.

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