Debbie Barber – Small Raku Bird
Debbie Barber specialises in Raku and smoke fired ceramics working from her home studio in rural Leicestershire. She originally trained in textile decoration and embroidery but after 10 years returned to college to train as a potter after having a lifelong interest in ceramics.
A lot of her textile influences are still prevalent in her ceramics, through her love of pattern, colour and inspiration from the natural world – trees, plants and the birds in her garden and the surrounding countryside.
“I was drawn to Naked Raku as a firing technique as I enjoy the hands on and the dynamic process of Raku firing. Raku ceramics date from 16th century Japan. As part of the tea ceremony tea bowls were simply made using this fast-firing technique.”
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