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Noelle Horsfield Ceramic Artist

American Made Since 2012

Noelle Horsfield

Ashland, Kentucky
Simple, functional, porcelain pottery decorated with beautiful illustrations; edgy, interesting, modern work produced using an ancient technique.

Tell us about your business.

My work begins with a need to use my hands to make beautiful things and a love for my materials. I love porcelain at every stage of the making process; from the time I smell the damp clay in the bag and begin to form it with my hands to the magical moment when I open the lid of the kiln after the final glaze firing, I continue to be captivated by the wonderful strength and delicacy of this incredible material. My work is formed using various hand building techniques, and the forms are decorated at the leather hard stage using techniques known as mishima and sgraffito. These processes produce illustrations that resemble a printmaker's etching and woodblock prints. I further develop the imagery on some pieces using repurposed vintage decals. This body of work is a bit new to me, but it has been well received by a number of upscale craft galleries and has been included in nationally recognized juried shows. I plan further develop the work and market my brand in a variety of ways.

What makes your business stand out?

My work is edgy, interesting, and beautiful; but it is also familiar and comforting to the user. People make a strong connection to both the imagery on my work and the touchable nature of the pots themselves. I am passionate about using this connection with my audience to bring a piece of handmade pottery into the lives of people who may not otherwise give much thought to the objects used in their daily lives.

What's the best business advice you've received?

"Be so good they can't ignore you." -Steve Martin I happened upon this quote from Steve Martin, and I now have it posted on my workroom wall. This and just showing up and working hard everyday are how I live my life.

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