Clay is the oldest known ceramic material and has been used for centuries to make building materials, utilitarian pottery and sculpture.
There are many different clay types, these are down to the different minerals, the amount of plasticity, the size of the platelets and the firing temperature.
The three most commonly used clay bodies are earthenware (low-fire), stoneware (mid and high-fire) and porcelain (high-fire). In general, porcelain is fired at a higher temperature than the other clays.
True porcelain feels smooth like butter and has a reputation for being unforgiving and temperamental. It is smoother, denser and less porous and its bright white colour and translucency draws ceramicists who want delicacy and an elegant aesthetic.
Porcelain is a beautiful medium, rich, fluid and timeless, perfect for delicate dinnerware and tea sets, but it is also so much more.
Here are some remarkable ceramicists who push the boundaries and exploit the sculptural possibilities of porcelain...