Anna's ceramics

Anna Barlow Ceramics

JE blog, June 3, 2017 — Words by Jose Esteve

Anna Barlow is a pottery artist who creates the most impressive and delicious-looking ice-cream sculptures made out of clay and glaze. She works in the most excruciating detail, and her life-like pieces are just stunning to hold. 

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I first got acquainted with Anna’s work via my wife Raquel, who is also a keen potter herself — I first had the chance of meeting her at a pop-up shop she was organising in London, and approximately after 3 seconds of wide-eyed disbelief holding one of Anna’s pieces, I knew I had to photograph her at her studio.

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As part of the studio shot, I was keen to find out and try capturing the process that goes into the creation of each of these pieces. Anna is the nicest person, and during a series of conversations she described the lot of research (sweet, sweet research) and testing that goes into her work; on the above pictures you can see some unfinished pieces laid on the table, surrounded by a banana cast mold (!) and a myriad of tinier details that are laid onto the almost architectural arrangements. Anna also develops her own glazes after years of testing, which are pastel-looking when unbaked, and become liquid with the high temperatures of the kiln, running and mixing before crystallising into beautiful swirls of vivid colours after cooling down.

Anna in her studio

Anna in her studio

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