Jacqui Ramrayka MSDC

Ceramics

About Jacqui
Jacqui believes that craft is very much about working through a process with her hands, and understanding the material. Basic sketchbook ideas of forms adjust and evolve when she start to make. She enjoy the freedom of this approach, seeing how the clay responds, and where it guides her rather than having a defined goal. Working in series helps develop these ideas and understand the forms. She works primarily with porcelain for its purity, fragility and strength. Her vessels have an earthy pallet and tactile surface, echoing the landscapes they are informed by.
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Her current work is mainly thrown, however hand built projects are an ongoing interest. She continues to focus on the vessel form, working in series and making one-off pieces. She finds her inspiration in natural and urban landscapes, as well as the seemingly random and mundane – pebbles on a beach, rusty metal tools, peeling layers of paint, found objects that suggest a fragment of a story- and it’s also these things which inform her colour palette.

She works primarily with porcelain as, despite its tricky nature, it has the right qualities for the finishes she wants to achieve and explore.

The surfaces of her vessels are important to her, she uses them as a way to express a narrative and achieve a patina of depth and variety. The vessels are layered with oxides and glazes, brushed and dipped, and often multi-fired. They are used as a canvas to investigate the myriad combinations of texture and colour.

This unpredictability ensures each piece is unique.

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Education

1991-1994 BA (Hons) Ceramics

Harrow College, University of Westminster

Selected Exhibitions

Ceramic Art London 2019

Contemporary Ceramics Selected Maker (London)

Oxford Ceramics Fair

Art in Clay (Hatfield/Farnham)

Professional Organisations

Craft Potters Association Selected Professional Member

Crafts Council Makers Directory Selected Member

Design Nation Selected Maker

Society of Designer Craftsmen Selected Full Member

Publications

Ceramic Review October/November 2019

2006 Potters 14th edition

2001 The Craft Gallery Guide

2000 Potters 13th edition

October 2000 Inspirations magazine

August 1999 Marie Claire (interiors section)

Teaching Experience

2015 to date Pottery after-school clubs

1999-2001 Central YMCA London

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