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Vicky Lindo Ceramics that got the cream

May 16, 2016

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Vicky Lindo has been on my ‘posts to relist’ for quite sometime now.  Based down in Bideford in Devon, she used to work for a number of years in the Burton Art Gallery. Until, both influenced and fascinated by an exhibition of the R J Lloyd slip-ware collection, made in the middle ages by farmers and country folk, (more here), she decided to start up her own workshop and make her personal range of slip-ware. Below are a sample of the ceramics Vicky was inspired by… and I can see why !

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Although it’s far more contemporary and with a slant towards the purr-fect feline, Vicky’s work certainly has a bit more colour and definitely makes me smile, her partner Bill Brookes is also her business partner and together they produce these beautiful ceramics.

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The ideas often originate in a sketch or painting. It helps to determine where shapes and pattern will be, sometimes this will be altered slightly for the final piece. The hardened clay object to be decorated is then coated with a layer of different coloured slip (watered down clay) and once that’s dried, the design can be drawn and cut into (sometimes called Sgraffito). You have to be clever at thinking in monotone and good with shapes and pattern, it’s not as easy as you may think.

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Finally after the second firing, the piece is finished

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Sometimes Vicky hand decorates directly onto a pre-fired piece. Having cats around the home and studio must help when using your imagination to conjure up these whimsical pieces. Of course the cats help out too… when then can!

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It’s great to capture the ‘aloofness’ of cats so well and I like the way the garden creeps up onto their coats sometimes too.

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It’s not all about cats.

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Some pieces are commissioned too.

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More variation of themes and colours.

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When she has a few minutes to spare (which I imagine these days doesn’t happen often), Vicky likes to relax and do some hand embroidery.

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Fabulously quirky ideas.

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But in the kingdom of the ceramic world… Vicky’s cat is still King of the jungle.. or at least her back garden ! Beautiful work Vicky, keep inspired and long may they prosper and continue to amuse us all.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2016 8:44 am

    I find her work so pleasing! Such a happy, upbeat feeling to it and jaw droppingly good. Thanks for posting.

    • May 16, 2016 11:07 am

      Thanks Jo, yes that’s exactly how I see it. Positive vibes all the way : )

  2. May 16, 2016 10:49 am

    I love the embroidery and the fabulous little phrases, absolutely lov-er-ly!! If I were a rabbit I’d bounce up and down for joy!!! ;o)

  3. May 16, 2016 12:15 pm

    Her pieces are wonderful! I love the way they are quirky and whimsical yet firmly rooted in tradition. As a Fifer, they immediately call to mind the Wemyss cats produced by the Wemyss pottery.

    • May 16, 2016 5:21 pm

      Thanks Laura, I can see what you mean with the Wemyss pieces. I think the ‘rooted in tradition’ part is probably one of the things I liked but hadn’t put it into words as such… so well spotted : )

  4. May 20, 2016 7:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing. What beautiful and happy animals these be!

  5. May 24, 2016 2:09 pm

    I like the embroidery best, the free-form design and happy colors. Small projects like that can be taken on travels and worked on during bits and pieces of time. The handwriting especially requires careful stitching.

  6. May 24, 2016 2:11 pm

    Her embroidery reminds of this lady’s work:

  7. May 24, 2016 2:13 pm

    oops, better link here:

    • May 25, 2016 8:31 pm

      Thanks for the link and comments. More lovely work I see : )

  8. alibrookes permalink
    May 25, 2016 3:09 pm

    Gorgeous! A visual feast.

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