About even-star Hancock Ceramics
I come from a long line of potters. Not the arty kind. The industrial kind. Mostly women who laboured in the factories of Stoke-on-Trent and the Five Towns fettling, painting, and helping to build that rich history of ceramics in England.
I was born and grew up in Canada and from a very young age I was fascinated with clay. I was constantly making things and creating miniature worlds. But it never occurred to me that it could be a career.
For over 20 years I pursued ceramics as a hobby. And a corporate career in product management helped me to finance a kiln, a wheel, and raw materials. It also helped me understand how to run a business.
In 2018 I decided to leave that corporate world and take some time off. Most of the time was spent in my garden shed working with clay. I love making things that make people happy. Little things. Things with happy faces, bright colours, and pleasing forms that make you want to pick them up and hold them in your hand.
The shelves in the shed started to groan under the weight of my production. You can only give away so many pigs and cats! And then people started to ask me if they could buy items for friends and family.
And so my life took a very unexpected turn and now my little garden shed is my full time workshop. Although the kiln doesn't fit in there. It sits in a corner of the one bedroom in my one bedroom flat.
Pottery and ceramics are art and science combined. They are an alchemy that turns common mud and iron and copper and base things into shining gifts and bright smiles. I am continually surprised by this magic every time I open the kiln.