What has pottery got to do with Experiential Design?

My personal passion is live events where performance meets digital meets exhibition and I am a firm believer in sharing knowledge with a visitor in its most effective form.

Experiential design is all about feeling.
Moving people.

In my view, there are a large number of tools available to me as a 3D Designer to feed that aim.

The architecture of a space allows a structured timeline for an immersive journey, and an opportunity to tell a sequential story.
The story is at the heart of any convincing human interaction, which can be enhanced by a multitude of traditional media - lighting, sound, live actors - and more advanced media - projection mapping, VR, AR, digital and social media.

But then the interesting bit comes in.

Where we start to really connect to a space or a brand is with the bits we touch - materials, textures, fabrics and planting.

Pottery, to me, screams touch me! feel me! and when we do, it is at that moment we can choose what that close-up, personal ceramic message contains.

Amazing glaze

Amazing glaze

February 4, 2020

The finished article.
Another composite pot made from different parts thrown separately, allowed to dry to harden a little and then re-thrown when put back together.
Glazed by pouring upside down.

More composite pots

More composite pots

February 4, 2020

Another composite pot made from different parts thrown separately, allowed to dry to harden a little and then re-thrown when put back together.
I’m learning more each time I try this technique – there are so many variables, probably even more than just throwing one big pot.

A trio of bowls

A trio of bowls

September 27, 2019

Fresh out the kiln – this trio of bowls, hand thrown on the pottery wheel and glazed in matt purple and blue.

Composite pots at Morley College

Composite pots at Morley College

August 18, 2018

My first composite pot made from different parts thrown separately, allowed to dry to harden a little and then re-thrown when put back together. This means I can make bigger pots than just throwing one at a time.

First listing on my Etsy shop.

First listing on my Etsy shop.

July 12, 2018

This sunny little number will be the first listing on my Etsy shop.
That’s if I can bear to part with it. (Sword letter opener not included).

A Space For Hopes & Dreams

A Space For Hopes & Dreams

July 4, 2018

View this post on Instagram Hopes and Dreams. My favourite thing about making pots is that most of the object I’m creating is a void. This void gives you an opportunity to keep in it, whatever you want. That could be a plant, a letter opener, some pencils, salty sticks – or even your hopes … Read More

Hand built pottery

Hand built pottery

May 18, 2018

Glazed, hand-built ceramic boats I made for the palette painting I was working on a few posts back.
I want a flat shiny ceramic boat as a pop of colour in the foreground of the dusky, up-cycled, gouache painting.

I developed the outline illustration of the boat in Adobe Illustrator on Mac, from a photo I took … Read More

Touch me, feel me. The magic of Pottery

Touch me, feel me. The magic of Pottery

May 2, 2017

  I’ve started a pottery class to get back into throwing and glazing pots.
 I did some hand building at school and some throwing at Uni, so it had been a while, to say the least. I wanted to get back into this again since it’s such a tactile medium, both during the making process and when … Read More