Slip & Tickle

Amila Ranasinghe

Slip : a suspension of clay in water 
Tickle : to touch lightly producing smiles and laughter


I first encountered ceramics in school, since then I have periodically undertaken classes and workshops.  In 2017, I took  leave of absence from work  to explore clay and its endless possibilities and haven’t made it back to the office yet.  I  produce ‘short runs’ of  decorative functional ware, the aim being to develop useful, appealing products with a hand crafted feel.

I use a variety of stoneware clays – which lend strength and provide numerous colour and texture options.  I have experimented with a coarse black sculpting clay used in combination with smooth stoneware slip to produce fabulous foodsafe vessels.  At the other end of the spectrum is translucent porcelain which is terrifying and wonderful in equal measure.  I am  learning what will and won’t work and have made delicate cups, beakers and textured candle pots.

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