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Tulipware - mantel vessel, shallow dish and platter

Tulipware - mantel vessel, shallow dish and platter

By Wendy Farnham


Original artworks

English slipware-style Wiltshire Earthenware - unique, handmade, slip-glazed and clear-sealed 

Various sizes

£155 - £235 each


Slender Mantel Vessel (first pic) - £185

Shallow Dish - £155

Large Platter with Thrown Handles - £185


Wiltshire ceramicist, Wendy Farnham, has created this Tulipware range exclusively for this gallery this summer, 2024.

Each unique piece is handmade in white earthenware with slip decoration in the 18th Century English style. There's also a reverent nod to William Morris in the floral patterns, adapted from Arts & Crafts motifs.


The result is an extraordinary, eye-catching range of ceramics that combine traditional skills with Wendy's design flair. Each piece is a one-off in form and decoration.


Wendy works primarily in white earthenware decorated in slips and clear-glaze-sealed. Her variety of mark making - almost a visual language that she has developed - includes sgraffito and slip trailing, which creates a sort of embossed effect.


She pinches small pieces of clay to produce the walls of her pieces, often grading them to fine, porcelain-like edges, and creating a characteristic dimpled effect which she then emphasises with the shiney transparent glaze. Her love of colour and pattern is very evident.


    Before becoming a mum, Wendy worked as a primary school teacher. Later, she took an Access/Foundation Art Course at Swindon College where she pursued her life-long passion for working with clay.


    She went on to gain a BA Honours Degree in Three-Dimensional Design (Ceramics) from Bath Spa University, where she benefitted from first class teaching by Felicity Aylieff, Takeshi Yasuda and Philip Wood, among others. Wood taught her slip and glaze making which greatly inform her current and new work.

    After her degree she was selected for and exhibited at New Designers, Islington, London. She has shown at Swindon Museum and The Toll House Gallery, Lechlade.


    Wendy is married to Neil and has three grown-up children.

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