Ruthanne Tudball is an internationally renowned potter specializing in salt and soda glazed ceramics. She has given workshops worldwide, recently in India, Australia, and South Africa, and exhibited across the United Kingdom, Europe, USA, and Japan. Her 1995 book “Soda Glazing” is a favourite reference for atmospheric firing and her work is included in museum collections in Oxford, Shanghai, and Taipei. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.
Before completing post-graduate study at Goldsmiths’ College, London, she was mainly self-taught. Ruthanne set up her own studio in 1978, combining potting with raising a family and teaching. Since 1989 she has worked full-time as a potter.
“All of my work is thrown, manipulated, and assembled while fresh on the wheel to capture the soft organic quality of the clay and preserve that softness in the finished piece. Since the way I work calls for pots to be completed as they are made, I tend to make pots in small series or families rather than as a larger production process. My inspiration comes from the natural world, celebrating the rhythms and creative forces of the earth and of the human body, all of which keep me thinking about the life in a pot made of clay. I also draw inspiration from classic forms from Korea, China, Japan and English Medieval pots. The work is slip-decorated stoneware fired once to 1300C in a wood/gas kiln.”
“If we could somehow "play" the surface of a ceramic piece, what stories would it reveal about the maker, the moment of its creation or the events occurring over time in its presence?"