Lola Swain

Lola is an exhibiting potter working from her purpose built studio at her home in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

She plays an active role in several artistic groups in the area. Lola enjoys a long association with the Leigh Art Trail and is a member of the Activate Visual Arts Group, based in Chelmsford.  As a selected member of the Anglian Potters Association, she regularly exhibits in their collective and selected exhibitions.

Lola’s pots are hand built from earthenware clay using traditional coil methods.  The coil layers are built up from a slab base, a versatile method allowing a natural form to slowly evolve, in keeping with the intimacy of the process.  These are decorated with layers of coloured slip and burnished.

Line is becoming more evident in her work and is created by making incisions into the clay surface and once fired, slip is then applied and scraped away to reveal bold and contrasting lines.

A great interest in the natural world gives her a huge amount of inspiration for her work. She finds this combines harmoniously with her rhythmic, floral designs and also the organic stylistic elements of art nouveau. The incorporation of architectural or cultural inspired detail informed by her travels often influences her work, particularly the work of Gaudi.