Colourful, Quirky, Handmade Ceramics

Made with love in Cornwall
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Colourful, Quirky, Handmade Ceramics

Made with love in Cornwall

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GALLERY

GALLERY

Past and present examples of my work. To discover more, please get in touch regarding cost, additional images and videos.
Each ceramic piece is unique. If I don’t have one in stock, I can make one for you.

About the

artist

artist

Hi, I’m Deborah Mountford, ceramic artist & owner of Tregirls Pottery in North Cornwall UK.

I am passionate about what I do, which is create unique, quirky, vibrant pieces of functional, decorative and sculptural art. Inspired hugely by the natural world around me between the coast and moors. Anything to do with ecosystems has always fascinated me – the sea, sky, beach or woodland, animals, insects and plants.

Using white earthenware clay and lead free glazes, I handbuild and hand brush glaze all my work. My techniques ensure that each piece will be unique, no two will ever be the same.

Clay, one minute soft in my hands, ready to be formed with passion, no definitive plan, open to my thoughts…. the next minute heated to the extreme and fixed for eternity…. then all the glaze pots ready for me to finish this transformation into an object of joy and beauty. Uniquely created shape, surface texture, pattern and of course colours.

Nature is neither perfect nor static and it is the appreciation of these imperfections and fluidity as well as their beauty that is so important to me, as reflected in my pieces.

We moved to Cornwall when surgery forced my early retirement as a dentist. I welcomed the opportunity to rekindle my love of art & passion for ceramics. 

I hope you feel inspired by my work to connect to some degree with the beauty of our natural world in all forms.

Not forgetting the mythical world …lots of inspiration from there too, and maybe it exists …. who knows?!

Enjoy browsing & thank you for visiting. 

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STUDIO

STUDIO

When we moved to Cornwall I set up Tregirls Pottery & spent a few years creating pottery in a shed.I was happy, had a new kiln & it was close to the house which was good,although no running water or heating!Then a couple of years ago I had the most amazing...

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Volcanic Rush

Volcanic Rush

When I am mixing layers of certain colours for the first time I initially make something small ...just in case it is a total disaster! Volcanic Rush just came into my head when I opened the kiln with this new combination of glazes. These included copper, bronze &...

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Breaking Waves

Breaking Waves

 As time rolls on, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about each of my main collections. First up is the coastal/ocean-inspired Breaking Waves, includes Rockpool.I think the source of inspiration is fairly obvious for this one. The coast is good for...

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Commissions

Commissions

This beautiful commissioned 30cm Breaking Wave bowl was a pleasure to make. I love it when the clay ends up in the shape I'm thinking of at the time. Customer and I were both delighted! The abundance of light aka glorious sunshine wreaked havoc with photo session,...

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New Projects

New Projects

I’m excited to be working on some new pieces this summer.These may be ongoing through the Autumn! I’ll update here. Firstly will be a range of my ‘Fantasy Fish”. Designs will be varied & up to 35 cm long. The original one is shown here & is now sold. Next up...

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Seagulls Ready to migrate to new homes

Seagulls Ready to migrate to new homes

These delightful unique little seagull sculptures are a devil to make, but worth the effort. I usually make two or three at a time, they are totally freehand built . This means I do not use a preformed mould , just start off with a 50g ball of clay . They take a...

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