I met Hilary for the first time a few weeks ago at the Australian Design Centre's Clay Makers Market. She was there with her beautiful teapots on display and her skill and craftsmanship shone through in the crowd. Potters tell me that if you can make a good teapot you have "made it" as a potter. If that's true, and I believe it is, then Hilary is at the top of her game Her teapots are not gimmicky or "arty" they are simple, elegant and usable. The image I have used on front of this article is of an elegant, Japanese inspired design, but she has created other, rather more down to earth teapots which are a little less elegant, but maybe sturdier. A good example of that is her teapot with a side handle shown below.
Every teapot I have tested is a great pourer (soooo important!!), is very well balanced, and sits solidly on its base. Each one is individually glazed.
But teapots are not the only thing Hilary can make - its just that she is so good at them they need a special mention. She also makes beautiful mugs and jugs, cups and saucers, plates and bowls and some really stunning bottles and jars.
Hilary is one of Australia's many very talented part time potters, she has a full time day job but manages to fit her passion with clay in and around her real job. She is impressively productive. She initially trained here in Australia, before continuing her studies in Europe and the UK. Her full bio is available by clicking here. We welcome her to the Living Clay fold and look forward to working with her over the next few years. Watch this space as we build more of Hilary's work into our shopfront. A few samples of her work are shown below.