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My interest in ceramics was first encouraged many years ago: at school, where I was privileged to be taught by Ewen Henderson, and through family friends such as Lucie Rie and Robin Welch. However, it is only since 2012 that I have been creating my own pieces.

I studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and have spent most of my career working in design and architecture.  Perhaps because of my architectural background, I am intrigued by the way that geometries distort when painted in three-dimensions and how a twist to a simple shape can have a profound effect on how a surface is perceived. My pieces are often brightly coloured with geometric patterns, sometimes inspired by repetitive configurations in nature, sometimes founded on mathematical sequences and prime numbers.  Spirals and ovals have been a particular obsession.

I work mainly with slip cast moulds, combining rough underglazed finishes with more traditional matt or polished glazes to add intrigue to each piece and create subtle variations in tone and intensity.  I am continually amazed by the depth of colour that can be achieved by layering glazes.

Each piece is unique.

In November 2014, I exhibited at the Cole Gallery in London: a joint show with my sister Sophie Arup who works with paper and collage. I was a Featured Maker at the Bevere Gallery in Worcester in September 2016 and, in October 2016, six of my pots were selected by Madina Benvenuto and Marine Halna du Fretay for inclusion in an online sale of unique contemporary ceramic pieces from across Europe.  My pieces are in private collections in America and the United Kingdom.

Photos of my work can be seen on this website.  If you would like to find out more, or see some of my work in reality, please contact me by email: info@carolinecoleceramics.co.uk Or via Twitter: @ColeCeramics

Pieces are for sale and range in price from £200 to £1,000.  I am also undertaking a number of commissions; prices are available on request.

The very beautiful photographs on this site are by Alex Braun and Gordon Roland Peden.  The snap shots are not.

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  1. Wonderful pots Caroline! They look fantastic and I can’t wait to see them in real life. And a very exciting website, well done! From your very proud sister Sophie xxx

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