Friday Favorites: Ceramic Artist Roy Hamilton

For four decades, artist Roy Hamilton has been a top choice of decorators in search of timeless ceramic accessories for the home.

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It all began in the mid 1960s, when Hamilton began taking pottery classes at a New York City YMCA. (At the time, he was helming the American offices of Liberty of London — how cool!) Soon after, he set up a weekend potting studio in his garage. Hamilton focused on classic shapes, allowing his creativity to shine in the decorative treatments applied to each piece. 

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Though his techniques have evolved over the years, Hamilton’s approach remains much the same. Instead of using traditional glazing, he applies colored slip, a watered-down form of clay that he tints with mineral oxides such as cobalt and iron, to each form.

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The slip forms a blank canvas to which Hamilton applies his distinctive decorations, which are often inspired by his experience with textile construction. Geometric patterns, like tattersall, basketweave and herringbone, are achieved with a technique called slip-trailing, in which the slip is piped on to the vessel with a small rubber syringe.

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While other patterns are achieved via a hot-wax resist method derived from batik printing of cloth.

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Love Hamilton’s work as much as we do? Click here to learn more: royhamiltonstudios.com

All images via royhamiltonstudios.com

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