Penny Spooner throws most pieces on the wheel, but does hand build a small selection of work as well, using a beautiful porcelain body. Each piece is thrown, turned, bisque fired, sanded and then glazed in one of her own speckled glazes. They are then re-loaded in the kiln and fired to 1240 degrees, sanded one last time and are then ready for their new home.
The process from beginning to end can be as short as 2 weeks and as long as 8 weeks, depending on the pieces being made, the weather and commitments at the studio.
Penny loves the process of throwing on the wheel, which has never lost its draw and the feelings of excitement mixed with trepidation is there every time she opens the kiln door - seeing all the beautiful colours and new experimental pieces is wonderful when it all goes well, but disappointing if it doesn't.
A chance course at pottery night classes led to a love of ceramics and then the good fortune of finding her own studio space in the town where she lives has led to the wonderful opportunity to earn her living throwing pots.