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Ceramic Process

Polly Fern is a illustrator, ceramicist and canary keeper.

Taking inspiration from local, historical and childhood stories, Polly illustrates and translates her work into ceramics. Each ceramic piece is handmade, finished and fired by Polly in her Norfolk based studio. 

Paper Resist

Using newspaper cuttings of her designs, they are collaged upon the clay. Polly paints over the paper with a pigmented slip. Once the slip has dried a little, she then peels the design away to reveal the resisted characters, then working back into the piece by painting and drawing into the clay, making each piece unique. 

Tin Glazed Ceramics

Inspired and informed by traditional ceramic shapes, but slab build to create a modern take on a traditional vessel. Each piece is handmade and bisque fired. They are then dipped in a Tin glaze with each one painted upon using oxides and pigments. These loose paintings upon the ceramics, make each piece an original work of art. Each piece is illustrated with a drawing inspired by places, historical and childhood stories.

See her studio, works in progress and canaries on instagram @pollyfern