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Carolyn Clayton

Hi, I am Carolyn Clayton and I just love to sculpt and am a budding ceramic sculpture artist. I was born in Folkestone, Kent, England but moved to Shropshire in 1996. Since 2004 I have worked as a part time demonstrator at Coalport China Museum. Through my love of making china flowers I have recently developed my ceramic flower people.

My love of sculpting started at a very young age. I have always loved to make things or draw. I was a real blue peter kid and used to get though tons of home made salt dough. My art teacher was impressed with my drawing and said I should go to London art college but I never did.  It wasn’t until I was around 30 that I ‘found clay’ as it were at a local college. I made a number of things which always got ‘woows’ off people.

Rose flower lady with birdturquoise rose sculpture - flower lady

College then led to Wolverhampton university where I had the time of my life learning lots of different ceramic techniques such as screen printing, mold making and making glazes. I was in my element. I found out there was a local china museum in my town so went and volunteered some help. This led to a part time job as a china flower demonstrator which I still do on a very part time basis today.

I also did half a degree in Computer Science as I also love computers. In my first years I dreamed of working at Madam Tussauds in London or being an artist, but by the end of it I was disillusioned about my art so went into IT.  I have always kept my hand in at Coalport and will own a shop one day.

My flower people were born one evening in November 2013.   I had made some figurines with curly heads (love wisps I call them) but I messed one head up so thought I would put a flower on its neck. I put a picture up on my facebook page which led to friends asking me to make them one which then led to creating my facebook page.  Not long later people were asking for commissions and shops approached me. I now make them and sell them at a few shops around the country.

Below are some of the pieces I made at university using some of the techniques I was taught there.

Me at Coalport

Me making china flowers at Coalport China Museum

 

Bone china flowers

Bone China Flowers

ceramic bust of my father

Ceramic bust of my father

Ceramic Bowl

Ceramic Bowl using Screen Printing technique

raku pot

Raku fired pot

Me sculpting

Me sculpting

screen printing

Screen printing

Sculpure with slip cast gun

Sculpture with slip cast gun