Bridget Hughes

Bridget Hughes

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When I started working with clay in 1996, it was the once a week creative outlet I had while working multiple jobs. It continued this way for many years although the jobs were eventually replaced with multiple children. As my children grew older and I could devote more time to clay, my hobby became my passion. I was an Associate at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford for many years before becoming a member of the Potters Guild. I teach hand-building at the Community Arts Center and sell my work both locally and nationally.

I was initially attracted to the wheel and throwing functional forms. I loved creating bowls, mugs and vases that could find practical uses in everyday life. I had a difficult time sitting at the wheel during my third pregnancy and at the encouragement of a friend, began hand-building. Since then, while keeping my hand in throwing, I have become primarily a hand-builder. Most of my pieces are made by rolling out slabs of clay and then texturing them before creating a form. My work explores the relationship between form and texture without losing the initial sense for practical, usable pieces.