Tanya McCallin is a studio potter based in London, with a professional background in set and costume design for Theatre and Opera. Tanya completed the City Lit Ceramics Diploma course in 2015.
Studio visits can be arranged by appointment.
My pots are simple, elemental and essentially universal, using porcelain, stoneware and earthenware clay bodies. Some are open bowl forms, others are tall, thrown and altered cylinders. The surface is frequently left bare, highly polished or worked with metal oxides and/or glazes. I am looking for stonelike, lithic, vessel forms and surfaces with haptic and asethetic qualities.
They are spare; a distillation of form describing contained space. Emptiness.
I like the weight, the smell, the damp cold and the ancient, elemental nature of clay, and the idea that with manual dexterity and thought it can be transformed through fire to form a myriad objects, both functional and sculptural, that have narrative, hold memories, be vital and alive.
There is something significant in this quote that speaks of the 'life' of pots.
" ... we speak of pots as though they are animate: we call them gentle or generous or strong or vulnerable. A group of bottles becomes a family. A straggling line of jugs and cups and tumblers becomes an assorted tribe journeying somewhere. A silent line of porcelain beakers waits in a window for the light to hit their rims and for their ordinary beauty to become radiant" Gwyn Hansen Pigott
"each piece is a silence
that is filled with the sounds of your gaze" Claudi Casanovas
Associate Member Craft Potters Association