The Ceramic Botanist
Nostalgic natural impressions............
Louise Condon is a Designer/Maker who works in a variety of 2D and 3D materials such as clay, plaster, wire, glass and mixed media. I create alongside teaching Art + Design in an FE college where I have worked since 2000.
I have always been curious and fascinated about natural found objects such as plants, unusual flowers, shells, pebbles as well as natural environments. I love to go out and collect wild plants and objects that reflect the seasons and the changes in nature.
The pieces I create are tactile and capture the life, structure and form of the plant at that particular point in its life span. Each piece I create is individual in its composition. I create scenes from nature whether it’s from the bareness of winter and the beautiful skeletal structures or the fullness of the summer bloom. I create the pieces by hand and use cranks and grogged stoneware clay. The firing’s really enhance the body of the clay creating an overall rustic effect that doesn’t distract from the botanical compositions which are enhanced by oxides.
It’s important that we celebrate and promote the importance of wildflowers that are diminishing in our British countryside and cities. Wild flowers support pollinators such and butterflies and bees and support insect eating birds.
My main range is Ceramic Botanist by Louise Condon Designs work is based purely on Botanicals.
Designing and making a range of handmade pieces from her studio in Chester. Recent works have been on display at Galleries, Country Living fairs a number of RHS flower shows. The Great British Gardens UK, working with local Flower farmers, recently becoming a supplier for Dolfold Hall, Flowers from the Farm, working with a wide range of Florists and Floral Designers. Featured as a Hitched supplier as well as a member of the Crafts Council Directory, As well as featuring at John Lewis as part of Curated Makers.
Louise also works on a variety of personal commissions creating pieces using botanicals from gardens, which is a popular gift idea for plant lovers.
Creating everlasting pieces using the floral bouquet is a lovely gift idea for family and friends.
To a more sensitive issues of preserving funeral flowers from loved ones past or loved ones gardens. This can be a subtle reminder of loved ones.
The studio is situated in the garden. It's a long space and holds a potters wheel, slab roller, work benches and lots of recycled rustic shelving and cupboards for storage, a 60 litre Potclays kiln and a 95litre Northern kiln both toploaders and lots of plants hanging and drying. People are always welcome to visit by appointment.