Jo Walker is a ceramicist based in Fife who trained as a Jeweller and Silversmith but went on to discover her passion for pottery.
Her work is made from clay, usually thrown on the wheel and finished with layers of clay slip using a technique called SGRAFFITTO.
SGRAFFITTO is the Italian word meaning to scratch. For pottery it is a decorative technique which requires applying layers of coloured slip on top of the thrown pottery ( usually leather hard/partially dry ). Tools are then used to scratch into the surface to create contrasting patterns, textures and images to reveal the other colour of clay underneath. Tools such as a wire stylus or rubber tipped shapers work well to create the desired effect.
Her patterns and imagery are inspired by nature, the simplicity of Scandinavian design and ’50s textiles. In particular plants and birds influence the form and function of her ceramic works.
To purchase or view more about Jo Walker or see more images of these items please visit treat Store here.
Jo Walker has just taken part in Spring Fling in Dumfries and Galloway as one of their Springback exhibitors. This weekend ( June 10th to 12th 2016) Jo will be participating in Potfest at Scone Palace where she is exhibiting for the second year, where she looks forward to meeting her customers in person.
Photos courtesy of the artist and Lewis Matheson