Malcolm Whittaker

Hand built earthenware ceramics

1991 – 98 Worked as artist for leading
English Delftware company
2001 Set up own studio
2004 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship award.
Lives and works in Oxfordshire

“My motivation to create with clay and brushwork comes from being completely seduced by their subtle properties and the depth of practice required to master them.”

Porcelain is named after its resemblance to polished shells. It used to be known as ‘white gold’ because its whiteness made it scarcer and more precious than gold. In fact, porcelain’s whiteness is due to its very high china clay content.

Biography

Mia uses a porcelain clay made with the best quality raw materials, sourced from around the world and mixed in Stoke-on-Trent. Her ceramics have a high degree of translucency, and despite their fine appearance they are very strong and durable. They are designed with function and practicality in mind, and are perfect for daily use. They can be placed in the dishwasher if required.

Mia hand makes each ceramic by throwing on the potter’s wheel and painting each one individually with freehand brushwork. There are no moulds or transfers used, simply skilful hand making. As a result each piece is unique, with its own tiny quirks and imperfections – the record of its time consuming journey through over a dozen separate making processes.

Selected Exhibitions

Mia exhibits throughout the UK and beyond. She supplies ceramics to numerous galleries and retailers, from small to large, including the prestigious Fortnum and Mason in London. She supplies a select number of stockists on an ongoing basis, both nationally and internationally. She is a member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen.