About Rachel Whitfield
My pots are carefully handcrafted on my potter's wheel and each is unique. Some might come as a 'family', but they are not factory-made, so the sizes and shapes, though similar, will vary slightly. I create my pieces with white stoneware and dark stoneware clays to achieve some beautifully contrasting pieces. All of my glazes are of my own creation and are composed in large part from natural materials found in the Yorkshire Dales. I forage for plants such as nettles, thistles, reed canary grass, common hogweed, docks and rushes, and then burn and process the ashes for ash glazes. Wood is sourced from Ribblehead Forest. I collect iron ochre around the skirts of Whernside and source greywacke gritstone dust from Dry Rigg Quarry at Horton-in-Ribblesdale. All of these are used in various combinations to produce the glazes that I use.