Gable Cottage Gill Bent : Decorated Earthenware

Gill Bent ~ Decorated Earthenware

I was born in Taunton, Somerset in 1953 where I spent my childhood. I studied for my first foundation year in 1971 at Somerset College of Art and then went on to do a degree in ceramics at the Bath Academy of Art from 1972-1975.

In 1978 I was offered a place to work at the renowned Aldermaston pottery under the direction of Alan Caiger-Smith. This was a milestone and a turnng point for me, since my work up until then had been quite abstract, and not of a practical nature. This was where I first learnt to love thrown shapes and understand how to combine decoration and form. I spent four and a half years merging these skills and this formed the basis of the way I work now.

In 1982 I set up my own workshop in Beenham, Berkshire where I began to experiment with coloured slips (liquid clay) and sgraffito (incising) which is the decorating technique I use today. I have been living and working since 1987 on the edge of Berkshire Downs, an area of outstanding natural beauty, whose surroundings influence much of my work.