It occurred to us that we rarely show ourselves or talk about our story on our Instagram page, although many people ask and are interested. Truthfully, it isn’t so pleasant being photographed and sharing images of yourself, however, our clever friend @helenadolby came by the studio and took some shots of us working and milling about, and she has captured our ‘essence’ entirely. So for all the new followers to our Instagram, here we are.
We are Catherine and Matt West and we work together making pots. We have a little boy called Arthur, a whippet lurcher pup, Petronella (Nella, you can just about see her on this image), three chickens and a pretty amazing family to which we owe so much, and we live and work here in Sheffield, UK.
At the moment our work is mostly production pottery, making functional ware, but we are also interested in research and material exploration and are currently working on a couple of small projects in this vain.
We are not traditionally trained in pottery. Matt trained as a designer and worked for many years as a baker here in Sheffield and Berlin; Catherine studied fine art and until relatively recently worked at an architectural practice.
We design all our pieces collaboratively and Matt throws, Catherine works on glazes, although as such a small team, workload and tasks are not split so straightforwardly and we both do a bit of everything. It often feels like mainly cleaning, sanding and doing admin to be honest.... But, ultimately, we love our work and feel quite privileged to be able to do this for a living. So thank you! .
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