Ceramics - Karen Dodgson, Babs Taylor & Chris Hughes

Karen Dodgson the makers page email website

Born in Stockport in 1960, I have lived in Thornton, Lancashire since my teens. I was a hobby potter during the 1990’s, while my children were young; I took night school classes to learn the skills and techniques needed for this hands-on craft and have continued to research different sources of inspiration. Throughout my enjoyable experimental years, I have developed my unique ceramics style. I bought a kiln in 2011 and was drawn to the beautiful crisp effects created by white porcelain clay, which I have used ever since. Over the last 6 years, have worked solely in porcelain.

Each piece is individually hand-crafted in my home studio. The porcelain is hand rolled with different textures; effects and patterns are embossed into the paper thin clay, creating a unique design. After allowing the piece to dry naturally, I bisque fire the pieces, add different glazes and re-fire them in the kiln to a temperature of 1200 Degrees C. Although the pieces appear fine and delicate, they are incredibly robust and the internally glazed pieces are also watertight.

My work is mainly white porcelain, with a hint of colour, in variety of forms, including, but not limited to, vases, jugs, tea lights.





Babs Taylor the makers page email website

Babs uses many different making processes including throwing, coiling, slab building, press moulding and casting. Working mainly in stoneware and raku she formulates her own slips and glazes from the raw ingredients. Inspiration for her pieces is derived mainly from the natural environment..

Brightly coloured Porcelain Jewellery is a relatively new and well received addition to her ranges.











Chris Hughes the makers page email
Ainsdale Pottery

Hand built pots using pinching, coiling, slabbing and modelling techniques to make bowls, bottles, plates, lamp bases and candlesticks. " I use features from the landscape on my pots, mountains, streams and beaches occur frequently and also much smaller items such as shells and leaf forms".