The pots that Hannah McAndrew makes have precision, enabling her to enrich the surface with the most fluent slip trailing seen in modern times. She deftly creates elegant motifs to not just fit the pot’s form but to extend its creative potential and in so doing creates objects of consummate beauty.” Alex McErlain.
Britain boasts a particularly fine tradition of slipware pottery. Hannah draws on this rich heritage and uses it as the basis for her own work, where she attempts to capture the essence of these historical pieces, reinterpreted in a contemporary style.
Predominantly she makes pots with a purpose. However, she enjoys the challenge of creating a piece that will not simply perform its task well, but will be attractive to the eye and instil a sense of comfort and warmth to its surroundings. Her pots are thrown in red earthenware clay and decorated using coloured slips. The decoration is applied to the surface of the pot by use of a slip trailer, while the surface is still glistening wet. Sometimes she allows the slipped surface to dry a little, so that it can be inscribed with motifs with sgrafitto lines. These slips are subsequently enhanced by the addition of a layer of rich honey glaze.
Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Mashiko, Japan.