Denise Lynch

Ceramic Artist

Growing up on the shores of Nova Scotia, there was always a patch of dark red clay to be found when the tide went out. I’d dig it up, take it home and make gifts for those I cherished. Today, I continue in that tradition and create timeless pieces to share with you.

My pieces are inspired by rhythmic patterns of scrolling and interlacing lines with finishes that invoke an old world aesthetic.

Continuous scroll decoration has a long history, patterns were an essential element in classical and medieval decoration. Today you will see scroll work in almost every decorative application, including furniture, metalwork, porcelain, engraving and wall paper designs.

I’ve developed a studio practice that uses several techniques when creating a piece. Scrolls and decorative patterns are carved in clay on a flat surface. A plaster mold is then created. The mold is then used in whole or in parts to create decorations for a piece. Traditional wheel throwing is used to create forms for bases and bowls which then may be altered and added to another form. Drape molds are also used to form a piece which has detailed surface patterns.

During the making process, as forms are created, they call to complementary shapes and decoration. I would state that “the piece designs itself, I just show up”. Bronze, gold, silver, satin, charcoal, old white and mother of pearl are among my favorite glazes as they compliment the timelessness of the scrollwork designs.

I am a juried member of Craft Nova Scotia, member of the Nova Scotia Potters Guild, New Glasgow Farmers Market and Creative Pictou County.


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