Louise Darby



Louise specialises in finely thrown stoneware and porcelain ceramics, she has made the techniques of incising and carving very much her own. Stylised images of animals and plants are cut freehand into the leather-hard clay and, after biscuit firing, are inlaid with glazes by pouring, dipping, scraping and sponging, before the glaze firing - in a 10cu ft ceramic fibre gas kiln, to 1280ºC. In pleasing contrast to these animated pieces, are those simply glazed, others with wax-resist banding, piercing or textures; Louise also makes a brush-decorated range of work; all with rich satin-finish glazes she has developed herself.

Achieving fine craftsmanship, with lively drawing skills, attention to detail, surprise and humour, and a sensitive balance between clay and glaze surfaces, Louise’s work is pleasing to the hand and satisfying to the eye, and part of private collections worldwide.

Louise is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association. Having sold her ceramics in major galleries, and taken part in some of the best UK retail art & craft events over the years, she now shows in fewer galleries, concentrating her promotional and organizational skills on hosting biannual exhibitions at her workshop. Louise welcomes visitors outside exhibition times - please be sure to email or phone before your visit; there is never any pressure to purchase. Contact Louise to arrange a visit, find out more about her work and exhibitions, and to join her mailing list.


Galleries who have represented Louise' work:

Amalgam London Dorset
Artifex West Midlands
Artizana Prestbury
Ashdown Gallery E Sussex
Bettles Gallery Hampshire
Bevere Gallery Worcester
Biscuit Factory Newcastle
Brewery Arts Cirencester
Bristol Guild
British Studio Arts Kuwait
Candover Gallery Hampshire
Cecilia Colman Gallery London
Contemporary Ceramics Centre London
Cowdy Crafts N Ireland
Fenny Lodge Gallery Hertfordshire
Gallery Nine Bath
Ginger Gallery Bristol
Godfrey & Watt Gallery Harrogate
Golden Hare Gallery Bedfordshire
Gordon Russell Museum Broadway
Grapevine Gallery Norwich
Ingleby Gallery Derbyshire
J.K.Hill London
Kemble Gallery Hereford
Leigh Gallery London Hastings
Le Kotchi Switzerland
Montpellier Gallery Warwickshire
Nature in Art Museum Gloucestershire
Old Courthouse Gallery Ambleside
Ombersley Gallery Worcestershire
Open Eye Gallery Scotland
Paddon & Paddon E Sussex
Peter Dingley Gallery Warwickshire
Pyramid Gallery York
Stafford Art Gallery Stafford
The Craft Centre & Design Gallery Leeds
The Craftsman Gallery Oxfordshire
The Forge Gallery Worthing
The Gallery at Waterperry Oxfordshire
The Gowan Gallery Hertfordshire
The Higher Street Gallery Devon
The New Studio Buckinghamshire
The Octagon Whichford
The Stour Gallery Shipston on Stour
Torquil Pottery Henley in Arden
Wine Street Gallery Devizes




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