Elspeth Owen’s practice is focused on the tactile qualities of clay and the process of making, and her works are created using the simplest of methods, typically pinched and hollowed from a ball of clay and fired at low temperature. Her slip treated ceramics are often smoke fired in a considerable range of colours, and her surfaces retain traces of the artist’s hand at work on the clay.
Elspeth Owen was born in 1938. She studied at Oxford University before taking up pottery in the mid-1970s. For many years she has worked from her studio in Grantchester near Cambridge.