A few weeks ago, on a foggy February morning I took a drive out to the Kent coastal town of Faversham. Creek Creative part of the towns old brewery building is now home to a collection of artists, designer makers and highly skilled crafts people. My visit was to photograph two of the people that reside in this hotbed of creativity; Rose Dickinson, a ceramic artist and Alex Law, an upholsterer that also designs and prints his own fabrics.
In this post I want share my images of Rose and her work.
Before Christmas I visited Rose to discuss my project documenting designer makers and their work, so I already knew exactly what her studio and workspace was like. Happily by the time I arrived and I started photographing, the mornings fog had lifted and warm sunlight filled her workspace.
Rose’s studio is overflowing with the materials she collects and her work in various stages of completion. I am instantly drawn to what I believe is a piece of art hanging on one of her walls. It looks like a sculpture formed from various items, all kinds of textures and colours from nature. It turns out to be a collection of the things that Rose uses to create and inspire her delicately detailed ceramics. In her own words “you just can’t beat nature!”
Rose’s work is inspired by nature from around the Kentish countryside and marshes near where she lives. Unfortunately I don’t get to see the beginning stages of her creative journey, when she uses natures textures she has found to imprint pieces made from fine porcelain clay. A fresh batch of work is ready to come out of the kiln and after carefully unpacking it, she adds subtle colourful details to each piece before glazing and finally firing again.
Like all the artists and creators I have been visiting, they make what they do appear almost effortless. Piece by piece Rose applies and removes colour, but it is clear by the way she handles her work, this effortlessness is born of years of practice. Once again it’s a wonderful inspiration to see someone’s lifetime of experience coming together as they create something new.
Thank you for reading this post about Rose and her work, I hope you enjoyed it. It is part of a larger project to document and celebrate designer makers and their work.