Lucy Burley is a ceramicist who uses traditional wheel throwing techniques to create sculptural vessels. She studied ceramics at both Wimbledon and Camberwell School of Art and continues to hone her distinctive style, taking inspiration from elements found in nature.
My work is both decorative and functional: simple shapes which make sculptural groups. I’m inspired by Giorgio Morandi’s still-life paintings and want my work to have the same harmony of form and colour.
Burley sculpts with white earthenware clay and has developed her own semi-matte glaze with an eggshell texture. Her formulation incorporates a fine balance of oxides and stains to create a beautiful palette of colours in the firing process. The resulting vessels are smooth and tactile with a tonal depth. A single vessel offers a subtle statement whilst a collection allows a still life composition to be created.
Her work has been featured in many leading art and interior publications, including on the front covers of Ideal Home and House Beautiful magazines.