Deirdre Houghton

Deidre’s pots are slab built from paper clay and decorated with velvet underglaze before being waxed and internally glazed. Her work has many influences, the extravagant vessels in the glass galleries of the Victorian and Albert museum, the vibrant colour palettes of Ivon Hitchens, the intricate illustrations of the Irish artist Harry Clarke and the stylized lines of Art Nouveau to name a few. Painting as much as form is central to her pieces and thus she flattens her shapes to provide the best ‘canvas’. The imagery on her pots celebrate the beauty of the natural world, particularly that of her adopted home of Wales. The mysterious world of rural and coastal wildlife, its weathered trees, entangled undergrowth and filigreed seaweed and the creatures that inhabit these places are what inspires her artwork. She aims to highlight how precious our wildlife is. 

Deidre was Head of the sculpture department at Clifton College, Bristol for 6 years and has been the Head of art at Christ College Brecon since 2013.

You can listen to Deidre talking about the process of creating her pots below:

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