Julia Carter Preston (1926-2012) 

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Liverpool potter Julia Carter Preston revived the technique of sgraffito, the art of scratching patterns in clay. This technique was first used in ancient China and requires high skill levels. Carter Preston made it her own distinctive style.

She had a studio at the Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool. There, she made this stunning bowl on a wheel, working the pattern directly onto the wet clay. She said,

"I often have no real idea what the finished piece will look like and literally create it from scratch."

This bowl, which is not currently on display, is from the  Decorative Art collection at the Walker Art Gallery.

  • Large bowl, earthenware, thrown on a wheel, sgraffito and lustre-decorated
  • Julia Carter Preston, 1985
  • Accession number: WAG 2014.1.5