Ruth Fairhead's beautiful ceramics are handbuilt from slabs of clay. One surface on each piece is imprinted with pattern using a linocut, making her work individual and customisable.
Designing her own patterns and cutting her own lino is an important part of Ruth's ceramic practice. One of her favourite reference books for pattern is ‘The Grammar of Ornament’ by Victorian designer Owen Jones. A linocut that Ruth often uses was inspired by a visit to Ely Cathedral, another is a wren design which was inspired by wildlife photography.
Ruth uses glazes that enhance the ridges and troughs of the imprinted clay. Colour, texture and contrast are all very important to her and she often uses a matt underglaze against the high shine of glaze.
Inspiration for shapes comes from many places including architecture and product design. She enjoys making interesting pieces that people want to pick up, hold and take home.
Ruth is a member of Anglian Potters, Cambridge Open Studios, and the Craft Potters Association.