By Popalini & Jezando
Popalini & Jezando make collaboratively designed, wheel-thrown pots: stoneware teaware and slipped terracotta tableware. They are influenced by both the traditional pots of North Devon and the subtle understated forms they admired whilst studying in Japan.
Pop Wilkinson and Jez Anderson both grew up on the Hartland Peninsular in rural North Devon surrounded by clay-laden fields and wild seas. Since Pop attended Philip Leach’s pottery youth project over a decade ago, both she and subsequently Jez have benefited from his mentoring and encouragement. Recently, Pop and Jez have set up a studio pottery, fixing up an old agricultural shed at Koa Tree Studios, Welcombe, North Devon.
Their stoneware clay is sourced from a small independent clay-pit in Cornwall and their earthenware is partially dug from the land that surrounds them, then mixed with clay from Stoke on Trent to make a good workable clay body. Often a portion of each pot is left unglazed to reveal the natural qualities of the clay.