This week we spent the afternoon with London based ceramicist Noriko Nagaoka

Nestled within the characteristic cobbles of Lower Marsh, London, is Clay Habitat - a ceramic gallery and shop that showcases the work of a collective of makers and artists. It is here that we met with resident ceramicist, Noriko Nagaoka, and dove into her world of gravitational glazing.

Having fallen in love with the tangible medium of clay during evening pottery classes, Noriko made the leap to pursue her artistry full time, so that she could immerse herself in creativity and developing her designs.

Her understanding and sympathy of the earthy material has led to her collections, wherein no two pieces are the same, and the idiosyncrasies appreciated. Inspiration is rooted deep within the natural world and themes taking the form of ‘Dark Snow’, ‘Mori’ (Japanese for forest), ‘Nami’ (wave) and ‘Croco’, amongst others, are realised by processes of glazing.

Noriko offers intimate workshops at her North London home, where she creates all of her pieces in her back garden studio - and you can, of course, visit her range which is on display and for sale at Clay Habitat or online at Etsy: NorikoNagaokaCeramic.

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