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.
Wheel-thrown pottery. Natural (Yorkshire Dales) glazes.
Open to the Public?
Yes, by appointment only
Rachel in the Dales Pottery
7 Northfields Crescent
I incorporate Swaledale sheep wool into these unique mugs! Swaledale and Dalesbred sheep are iconic in the Yorkshire Dales, and I love being able to reflect their place here in some of my pottery. The texture of the wool is preserved in the clay. The mugs are glazed using combinations of Iron Ochre Cream and Greywacke Gritstone and fired in reduction. Price per mug £22.