Shepherd Ceramics is a business designing and making their own range of contemporary, ceramic, homewares. With a focus on quality and the handmade, Shepherd Ceramics aims to bring texture, pattern and colour into peoples’ interiors, further expressing their own creative, personal style.
Each vessel is first designed on paper, and from this a model and mould are made in plaster. The ceramic pieces are then slip-cast in porcelain and each one individually hand-dotted by myself. Each piece goes through three firings in the kiln, and multiple processes until finally finished.
Alongside my slip-cast work, I also release ranges of one-off hand-built pieces, where the focus is on pushing my skills as a maker and exploring new techniques. Always functional, but often individual in shape and design, these pieces pique curiosity and are a fun break from the norm. They can sit individually, or in groups, together with my slip-cast work, or apart.
Unlike my slip-cast works, which are clean and crisp in design, these are un-uniform, odd-bods, which have been shaped and moulded by my hands – permanently capturing the marks and movements of the maker. They are an amalgamation of my curious nature as a maker and my inspirations at the time.
Past Events, Exhibitions and Experience:
Welbeck Winter Weekend
The Harley Gallery, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, November 2018
'Artist In Residence' University Show
De Montfort University, Leicester, June 2018
De Montfort University Christmas Craft Fair
De Montfort University, Leicester, December 2017
Artist in Residence
De Montfort University, Leicester, September 2017 – July 2018
Studio assistant to Hannah Tounsend
Leicester, July 2017 – December 2017
This was a fantastic opportunity for me, as I got to assist in the making of 3 large scale vessels, commissioned for the British Ceramics Biennial 2017 (BCB). This was an opportunity set up through the DMU Graduate Champions Scheme.
New Designers, Part 1
Business Design Centre, Islington, London, June 2017
DMU Art and Design Degree Show
De Montfort University, Leicester, June 2017
De Montfort University, Leicester, May 2016
A group exhibition, organised by students, to showcase our 2nd year University work.