RT1 & 2: Tokkuri & guinomi
Black clay with Hakame
Ruthanne Tudball was born and brought up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in California.
After moving to England to marry in 1968, she discovered the lure of clay when handling handmade bowls in a Cardiff market. She was determined to learn how to make such beautiful things. While studying English Literature at Reading University much of her spare time was spent in a studio teaching herself to throw using a book for illustrations on how to do it. Once she graduated she was able to rent a wheel and put it into a 6'X5' cellar making it possible to practice throwing for almost two years before being able to buy a simple top-loading kiln in 1978 and start learning about glazes. By 1987 she was able to attend a part-time post-graduate course at Goldsmith's College in London. There the opportunities to experiment and develop her own style and approach were wide open. She was encouraged not just to make objects of lasting beauty but also to cultivate an expressive life. Drawing became and continues to be particularly important to her. Life drawing in particular seems to find echoes through her clay work .
In 1989 she graduated with a Commendation and two years' worth of research into soda glazing from Goldsmith's. This led to her writing a book "Soda Glazing" published by A&C Black in 1995.
After firing with gas in a suburban environment for 17 years, a move in 2004 to the country has made it possible for her to fire with wood and gas in a specially designed kiln.
The world of ceramics is wide and varied, and it is important to make it accessible and understandable to a wide public. Toward this end, she plays an active role as a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain, a member of Contemporary Applied Arts and is a recently elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
Referenced from Ruthanne's website at:
One of my favourite
guinomis. Black clay with Hakame glaze.