The source of inspiration for my work stems from museum collections of 18th Century dining vessels. I am fascinated by the rituals of dining and the role of tableware in contemporary dining. I create objects for the home that aim not to prescribe specific functions but instead encourage sharing and relaxed eating; I like the suggestion of how eating meals together can build stronger bonds and relationships within the family unit. Each piece is made from porcelain and thrown on the potters wheel. I create components which I then cut, freely assemble and finish by hand.
The subtle colour palette of the range is directly influenced by hand painted decoration on historical tureens and grand vessels. I deconstruct each individual colour and match it with glaze. I use the content of the decoration to inform the overall composition of the piece; for example the height of the vessel correlates to the proportion of the colour in the pattern, jug forms suggest birds or figurative details. The intention is to create works that as a whole, describe the pattern from where they derived.
Louisa's ceramic practice is based in Forest Hill, south-east London where she produces her ranges for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally. Alongside making her work, Louisa is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons)/MDes 3D Design and Craft course at the University of Brighton and she is also a short course tutor at West Dean College, Chichester. Louisa is a professional member of the Crafts Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts, London. In 2012, Louisa undertook a six-month post (January-June) as artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Louisa is the author of Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker, published by Jacqui Small Publishing (2011).