Denise Brown is a ceramic artist working from her studio on a family farm in rural Fenland Cambridgeshire. Her work draws inspiration from around the British coastline and particularly the South Hams. Her wildlife pieces are taken from the surrounding Fenland landscape.
Using a stoneware clay, Denise's handmade vessels are constructed from slabs using templates and her own press moulds. The detailed images are incised by hand with a simple potter’s knife. Each piece is unique, and all are decorated on both sides.
After construction, the vessels are left to dry very slowly to prevent warping. Denise uses a copper carbonate wash to create the colour outline of the design, and then paints using a range of dry glazes and underglazes. High firing to 1230°C gives the stoneware clay a warm, weathered look, as some of the colours begin to burn away in the kiln. Each piece is then finished with the hand application of 22ct gold leaf or 12ct white gold leaf. Her work aims to capture the essence of coastal and rural landscape, evoking memories and a sense of nostalgia. A balance of narrative and decorative, her pots form a 3D canvas for her illustrative decoration.