About The Open Kiln

One of nature’s cathedrals

Francheska Pattisson

I work in white earthenware and stoneware, on the electric wheel and hand building. A passion for colour has meant that surface decoration is an integral part of my work. I use numerous techniques to apply colour in the form of slips and underglazes in multiple layers, combined with wax resist and sgraffito. Much of my ceramic learning has been at West Dean College in West Sussex, on short courses with tutors such as Alison Sandeman, Carolyn Genders, Duncan Hooson, Tim Andrews and Akiko Hirai. However with no previous formal art training (although working for a while in photography and graphic design has proved useful), I embarked in 2012 on the two year Foundation in Art and Design at West Dean. I followed this with a Foundation in Print-making at Red Hot Press, Southampton and a six month course at City Lit in Covent Garden, called City Lit Ceramics tutored by Jim Gladwin. I have enjoyed weekly tutored drawing with artist and print-maker Kate Dicker, and also have attended a weekly workshop at Farnham 318 under the guidance of tutor Luisa Cacciotti. I work in my studio in Hampshire.

Summer 2020

With the viral pandemic came a strange period of restrictions to our personal freedom to choose where and when and for how long we can go out and this has generated periods of deep introspection in many of us. With the encouragement to exercise daily outdoors, which I have done all my life anyway, I feel as if I have been granted a licence to spend even more time engaging with nature, from the minutiae of individual shoots, leaves and buds to the glorious views, tunnels, scents and sounds of the English countryside. This is reflected in my latest range which I have named ‘Silhouettes’.