Lucy Burley

I make vessels on the wheel, using white earthenware clay.  My work has for many years been inspired by the still-life paintings of Giorgio Morandi; I strive for the simplicity and quietness conveyed by his pictures of groups of bottles and other vessels.  
 
I want my pots to have the same sense of being in family groups, related but non-identical. My work also embodies a fascination with colour.  While I was at art school I formulated a smooth, semi-matt earthenware glaze l and I use this as a base to which I add oxides and stains to obtain a spectrum of colours both subtle and vivid, the inspiration for which comes from nature: flowers, fruit, the landscape, gemstones, the sky and seashore.   
 
As Morandi said, “What interests me most is expressing what is in nature, in the visible world”.