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.
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.
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.