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June Ridgway

Studio Potter June Ridgway found ceramics when at Harrogate School of Art, moving onto Wolverhampton Polytechnic gaining a degree in Ceramics and 3D-Design and gaining her teaching certificate (PGCE) at Birmingham. 

After teaching for many years June setup studio and now focuses on her own ceramic practice full time.

Her work is coil built, burnished and then put into a saggar and fired. Inspired by natures natural erosion and weathering and the organic aging patina which occurs across the surface when open to the elements.

Using raku techniques the smoke and added ingredients in the saggar including addition of sawdust, wire, salt and with oxides they make their unique markings onto the satin, polished, burnished surface of the handmade clay form. 

June Ridgway also likes to break and crack tiles and forms, moving them into different areas of the kiln to produce exciting results when the sections of the form are reassembled or re-constructed.

This is a challenging aspect to June's work and show the experience and talent that she holds to be able to achieve such forms.