Libby Ballard

Libby Ballard

It was as a child growing up on the Isle of Wight that Libby developed a love for the outdoors and of the coastline in particular that continues to inform her work today. She studied by the sea at the University of Brighton and, after graduating in 2013, set up Libby Ballard Ceramics the following year. Since then, Libby has built a thriving pottery business, designing her own collections and passing on her passion and skill to others in workshops delivered at various venues throughout the South of England.

Libby is drawn to the labour intensive nature of her work, describing how the process begins with wedging the clay, blending different clays together and then weighing out balls of clay to throw with. Each piece is then individually thrown on the wheel and left over night to harden. The next day, Libby trims the bases and adds handles before allowing the pieces to dry slowly over the next few days until they are ready for first firing. This process, which entails heating the clay up to temperatures of 1010 degrees before cooling, takes 48 hours. Each piece is then sanded and glazed with Libby’s tried and tested recipes. The glaze must then be wiped from the bases and tidied up before going in for second firing up to a temperature of 1260 degrees on another 48 hour cycle. Once cooled, the kiln is then unpacked and the pots sent off to their new homes.
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