Laura Smillie, Slip-cast Potter
Laura Smillie is a studio potter based in Jersey, Channel Islands, specialising in slip-cast ceramics.
Working from her home studio in St. Brelade, Laura handcrafts tea light holders, one-by-one, following traditional slip-casting methods before finishing, glazing and decorating with her own graphics to achieve varying luminous effects. Each candle holder is made from Porcelain which when fired at high temperatures in a pottery kiln, creates a translucent, warm glow.
For her ‘Sandstorm’ tea light series, Laura adds coloured clay during the slip casting process to create a one-off marble pattern, unique for every candle holder.
When illuminated with a candle, the translucency of the porcelain highlights the marble decoration creating a stormy landscape, flickering in the light.
In contrast, ‘Jersey Glows’ is a collection of tea light holders illustrating iconic Jersey landmarks, native wildlife, and pastime activities favoured by locals and visitors alike. When illuminated, silhouettes of activity magically appear, bringing Jersey to life by candle light.
Laura will be selling her work at various events throughout the year – please check her website for more information. Alternatively, they are available to buy from Jane James Coastal Ceramics - Gorey, and The Harbour Gallery - St. Aubin.