Daphne Carnegy

An apprenticeship in France and several visits to Italy introduced me to the delights of earthenware and in particular tin-glazed ware, often referred to as ‘maiolica’. Additional training at Harrow School of Art refined and developed my skills and confirmed my commitment to low-fired pottery. The attraction of maiolica for me lies in its unique qualities - a softness, depth and luminosity of glaze and colour not to be found in other ceramic techniques, the transformation of the pigments in the firing, and the variations of intensity and texture of the pigments as they fuse and shift with the glaze.  The many variable elements – body, glaze and pigment thickness, firing temperature – all conspire to create continual surprises on opening the kiln.

I make a range of thrown, and sometimes hand-built, painted tin-glazed earthenware which combine an awareness of historical precedents with a passion for plants.  Other sources of inspiration include textile designs and early Islamic ceramics. 

Although I still work with a broad colour palette, I have also discovered the delights of working with a much more limited palette – often just shades of blue or black, relying on tonal values rather than brilliant colours for effect. I also find that, having worked for a while with this more restrained palette, I tend to approach my polychrome work in a more economical and simple way, working with the pigments as I would with watercolours.

 City and Guilds Garden Design
1999  RHS General Certificate Horticulture    
1980  Higher Diploma Studio Pottery (Harrow)
1976-8  Trained and worked in various pottery workshops in France
1972  Postgraduate Certificate of Education
(Institute of Education)
1969  Nottingham University, BA (Hons) French

Selected Exhibitions
 Contemporary Ceramics Gallery
2010  The Octagon, Whichford Pottery 
Eton Applied Arts
2009  Kingsgate Workshops Open Studios
2008  Kingsgate Workshops Winter Show
2007  Alpha House Summer Exhibition
2006  Table Manners, Crafts Council, touring
2004  Bettles Gallery, Ringwood (solo)
2002  Aberdeen Art Gallery
1996  Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne (solo)
1994  Form and Function, Contemporary Applied Arts
1993  High Table, MAC and touring
1991  Contemporary Ceramics (solo)

Selected Publications
 Maiolica, A & C Black. 2011
1999  Josie Warshaw, The Complete Practical Potter, 1999, Lorenz Books
Matthias Ostermann, The New Maiolica, 1999,
A & C Black
1996  Tony Birks, The Complete Potter’s Companion, 1996, Conran Octopus
1993  Tin-Glazed Earthenware, A & C Black, 1993
1991  ‘Mysteries of Maiolica’, Ceramic Review #129, 1991
1987  John Gibson, Pottery Decoration, 1987, A & C Black

Public Collections
Crafts Council
Saffron Walden Museum
Aberdeen Art Gallery




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