Rebecca Proctor is a potter based in North Cornwall. Using stoneware clay, she makes hand thrown tableware in clean, simple forms with natural character. The pots are strong and functional, designed for daily use, either at home or in a busy restaurant.
The pottery is made in a small workshop near Bude on the Cornwall and Devon border. This landscape where coast meets countryside is rich in natural resources and several local, raw materials go into the work; clay is collected from local quarries and beaches while ash for glaze is created from different trees and plants. The forms are modern, yet inspired by the traditions of country pottery and many of the pots are created for outstanding restaurants, including The Clove Club in London and Inver in Scotland.
Rebecca is also part of the Kigbeare Kiln Project in Devon, a group of potters led by Svend Bayer, who have built and fire an anagama kiln together every few months. This is a large wood fired cross-draught kiln which is fired continuously for five days and nights. The extended firing creates a large bed of embers and ash, which circulate within the kiln, forming natural marks and glazes.
Prior to making pottery, Rebecca was a design writer and consultant, and has written five books, published by Laurence King, on design and craft. However, a lifelong fascination with materials and craftsmanship eventually led her to making pots, rather than writing about them.
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