Nic Payne Ceramics


About My Work

I am currently developing a body of work using Naked Raku resist slip techniques. This incorporates smooth burnished or sanded surfaces, low firing temperatures and as the name would suggest a naked, unglazed surface. The markings and patterns are created by smoke and masking off areas, this happens in a post firing reduction in wood shavings. I also continue to use smoke firing techniques, especially sagar firings.

I was recently commissioned to make a series of roman style amphora for a Broadway show called the Testament of Mary, Written by Colm Toibin, Starring Fiona Shaw, directed by Deborah Warner and set design by Tom Pye. These pots were unglazed and distressed to fit in with the look and feel of the performance.

All my ceramics are wheel thrown, The smoke fired forms are turned and slipped using a fine colloidal slip (Terra Sigilatta). The work is then burnished before being bisque fired. The final stage is the smoke firing; this involves binding the work up with a selection of natural materials and trapping the smoke in a sagar during the firing. This process produces subtle markings, blushes of colour and texture on the surface of the wares.

My work is inspired by the elements, I try to keep things simple, harnessing the effects and characteristics that natural materials and processes can lend to my work, this means each vessel is completely unique.

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Contact Me

If you would like to make any sales enquiries or if you are interested in commissioning a piece please contact me via the email address below.

My work is currently on sale at "North Street Potters", 24 North Street, Clapham, London, SW4 OHB.>

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