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About Sally Mareike Ceramics

Sally hand-builds with different stoneware and earthenware terracotta clays, using slab building or coiling techniques, to make functional, rustic pottery, like bowls, platters, mugs and vases, and also pots for the garden, including hedgehog houses. A favourite decorative technique Sally uses, is impressing natural objects into clay and highlighting the impressions with oxides or glazes, or even leaving them be, so that you can run your fingers over the textures, for direct contact with the fired earth. She loves connecting with raw earth through touch and creativity. It's so therapeutic and brings in ancient connections to the land and to the techniques that were used when humans first started playing with the clay earth around them. The process is still the same, but with a few technological advances, like her electric kiln, although she has enjoyed pit firing too. Sally's work reflects her passion for nature and protecting the environment. Many of her pieces bring a bit of nature into the home, with the hope of inspiring people to walk in woodlands, by the coast, on mountains, to really connect with the precious nature around us and to preserve it as much as she likes to... including all the weeds!

Further Info

Specialised in
Hand-building using slab building and coiling techniques, using natural and carved textures. Teaching beginner and intermediate workshops and weekly lessons.


Pilcorn Street
United Kingdom
BS28 4AN

Seaside Atoll Bowl

These Atoll Dishes are from the Seaside Collection, which uses the slab-building technique with a ‘groggy’ stoneware clay that has ground up fired clay dust in it. Clay is rolled out by hand and cut into a circle, then a random pattern of shells and fossils is impressed into the clay around the edge of the circle and the circle edge re-trimmed. The slab is then gently transferred into a half spherical mould to dry. After bisque firing, the rough impressed texture is waxed so it does not take any glaze. Inspired by beautiful aquatic hues, a smooth atoll pool in the centre of each dish is formed using a shiny turquoise glaze and a second firing.  Thin glazed areas are a beautiful translucent turquoise with a rusty earth colour underneath, whereas thick glaze is opaque turquoise.

Depending on which size you choose, out of seven, these rustic bowls can be used for anything from displaying pot pourri to holding jewellery, or just as a simple but elegant decorative piece.