Libby Ballard

Libby's ceramic journey started back at school where she first fell in love with clay as a material. She then carried on making and enjoying working with her hands, so decided to take a degree in 3D materials practice (Wood, Metal, ceramics & plastics) at Brighton University. Here Libby refined her skills and began to find her own style. Having grown up on the Isle of Wight, the coast has always been a huge influence to her and this only grew when studying at Brighton.

​Libby aims for her ceramics to have a relaxing and calming feel to them, the same feeling that she gets when visiting the coast and looking out to sea.

​All of Libby's products are made from a flecked Stoneware Clay that is mixed from a blend of two clays. They are individually hand thrown on the potter’s wheel starting from a ball of clay. They are then left to harden overnight. The bases are then tidied up and any handles added. The pieces are then left to completely dry for up to a week and then bisque fired. Pieces are then glazed in Libby's own unique glaze recipes that are mixed up from a selection of ingredients. The bases are then wiped of any glaze and fired again to 1260 degrees. It takes between 2-3 weeks for each piece to be completed.