Denise O’Sullivan’s Spooky Quarter!

Denise O’Sullivan is one of a breed that apparently don’t exist anymore – a brilliant ceramic designer working in Stoke on Trent. Not our words but often the theme of any article, radio slot or TV clip about Stoke. In a city that got to finals of the City of Culture competition last year and is enjoying what can only be described as a renaissance, Denise is a passionate advocate of her beloved city and as passionate about her craft – ceramics.

Denise is an exceptional ceramic designer who’s designs are exciting, glamorous and colourful products from mugs to lighting of  all shapes and sizes. Denise design, makes an manufactures from bone china, earthenware and porcelain. Denise decorates her pieces with her signature patterns, motifs and block colours finished with exquisite surface finishes. 

Denise’s work is inspired by her love of past and contemporary fashion, art design, architecture. People, communities and narratives all play a part in Denise’s design process. Her work reflects her background in handmade, industrial and sculptural ceramics techniques and processes that are uniquely fused together to create statement ceramic wares, both functional and decorative. Including beautiful hand painted home wares, limited edition ceramic design and artworks.

Denise says,  “Designing and making is my passion, my lifestyle, something I fell in love with as a child. I grew up in ‘The Potteries’, where I had a happy childhood surrounded by the pot banks of Stoke-on-Trent and going to numerous antique fairs, where I became an avid collector of nik naks. My work is steeped in my family heritage from my hometown of Stoke-on-Trent, where I spent many happy hours sitting on pot banks as a child.”

Denise is running a couple of workshops in Stoke’s Cultural Quarter during Half Term – join her to decorate mugs for Halloween on the 29th and 30th of October. Find out more here.

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