cambridge contemporary crafts

Elisabeth Barry

I throw sculptural domestic ware in porcelain, aimed at giving pleasure both in display and practical use. The multi functional vessels can be arranged in groups, stacked or placed singly; each a sculpture in its own right.

 Most of the intricate turned detail in this work is underneath, often deliberately hidden from view when upright; waiting to be discovered by the hands that hold them. The bare diamond polished porcelain exteriors combine with subtle matt glazed interiors to provide functionality; contrasting the dark oxide rich glossy glazes in deepest blues and greens. The porcelain has a pleasing weight and tactile coolness that will absorb body heat when held and used. I intend that once a piece has been picked up, it’s hard to put down.

My work is inspired by odd items, usually small and seemingly insignificant: a corner of a page, a bit of rusty metal, or a pattern on the pavement.

 Learning to throw pots was a long held ambition; I find the meditative action of throwing as enjoyable as the resulting piece of work. I delight in the feel of the clay between my hands, the very making, the refining, the smoothing... the details. 


The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on 01223 361200 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £30 - £120