Maker's Details - Fanshawe Kato, Jill

Jill is originally from Devon, she draws inspiration for her ceramics from the natural environment, her training as a painter and then as a potter in Japan.

Category: Ceramics
I grew up in rural Devon, studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and trained as a potter in Japan. These three things are what have most influenced my work as a potter. The natural world and travel are my ongoing inspirations.

In clay, form is my first challenge and imagery is moving towards abstraction inspired by plants, birds and other natural motifs.

Jill's work evolves as she experiments with additions to clay, colours and different firing methods. As well as exhibiting her ceramics widely in the UK, Jill has had 43 exhibitions in Japan, which has kept alive her contact with the country that first inspired her to become a potter.

Jill has a studio near Moretonhampstead in Devon and continues to have a presence in London too.


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