cambridge contemporary crafts

Emily Doran

Emily designs and makes wheel thrown contemporary tableware from her south London garden studio. Her pottery is made by hand using traditional techniques, yet is very much designed for modern living. Each piece is crafted on the wheel, leaving visible the natural throwing rings and ridges to create tactile forms full of movement. Some pieces are intentionally distorted out of their uniform shape to create unique and odd forms.

Emily loves to experiment and develop her own glazes and she is continually drawn to the uplifting palette of the coast. She uses greeny blue and soft oatmeal glazes combined with a rustic iron speckled stoneware clay to create a flecked bird egg effect.

Emily decided to retrain as a potter after an initial career in arts marketing, working at the Royal Academy and Whitechapel Gallery. It was the desire to become the hands-on maker rather than the promoter of art that pushed her to start again and go back to college. From the beginning she was fascinated with throwing and creating beautiful and functional ceramics people could use everyday.

Speaking about her work, Emily says: I tend to look outside of the city for my inspiration, particularly to the coastline and sea. I focus on creating simple beautiful forms with minimal decoration very much influenced by Japanese pottery traditions and aesthetics. Britain's rich history of ceramics has been an important influence on my work, in particular English Country Pottery. I have also been fascinated with the effects of Raku and wood firing, and even though as an urban potter I am unable to practice such techniques, by using specialist clays and glazes I can bring a flavour of these techniques into my work.


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 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £12-£65.