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Abi Higgins

Abi Higgins

Working with clay and dancing have many similarities. The physical demands whilst learning the craft and decoration are equal to training and interpretation of steps and Abi is captivated by the challenge.

From 2003 to 2005, she achieved Certificates in Creative Craft in Ceramics Level 1, 2 & 3, with Bruce Chivers. From 2005 to 2010, she worked Part time as an apprentice with Penny Simpson, Ceramist. At the same time, in 2006/2007, Abi attended South Devon College studying mixed media and 3D design.

In parallel with the above courses, from 2008 to 2014 Abi regularly furthered her pottery education with well-known ceramists Matthew Blakeley, Svend Bayer, Nic Collins and Gilda Westerman.

In 2017, Abi followed courses in Raku firing and kiln building, from January to April.

Abi set up her own workshop in 2007.

Award Received:

2007 – Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National award.

Her work:

Abi chooses porcelain clay because it is white and smooth and feels beautiful to use; she throws the pots with care and deep concentration on the wheel. She says: “When throwing, I become transfixed by the subtleties of the curves and almost undetectable changes of direction. The quality and delicacy of hand and mind together forming the pot absorbs me like the qualities of dance once did.”

The colour of her celadon glaze is enhanced by wood ash from fallen trees and hedges logged up from around her garden and burned in the wood burner to warm her house. The wood ash is washed and added to the glaze enhancing the subtle celadon colour brought out by the reduction atmosphere of the kiln. Having mostly fired to stoneware temperatures with long firing, it has been a joy to work with the beautiful serendipitous fast and immediate process of Raku. The firing and glazing combination is never quite the same every time. Raku has a freshness and an unpredictability that makes it exciting for the maker and the onlooker.