The Jetty Gallery
Gillian was born in Southport, Lancashire and at the age of sixteen began her education at art college. It was at Southport that she was introduced to clay and began specialising in ceramics. Having completed a three year course at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and obtained a Diploma in Art and Design in Ceramics, she then went to Stoke on Trent Polytechnic and obtained a Masters in Industrial Design. She worked at Myott Meakin as a designer before leaving the area and setting up her own studio.
Porcelain – Porcelain is thrown and turned on a potter’s wheel. While the clay is half dry the design is drawn and cut out. After bisque firing, wax is applied to resist the glaze, copper carbonate is painted where desired, the glaze is applied and the pieces are fired to 1260 degrees C. Liquid metallic lustres are painted on, and then fired again to 700 degrees C.