Blackbird Ceramics

Studio Pottery by Richard Prentice
West coast designs, handcrafted in Pembrokeshire
Collection
Sea Globes & Sea Urns

It is impossible to live in Pembrokeshire and not be mesmerised by the sea. It is the constant changes in colour, light, and reflections you find along the Pembrokeshire coastline that have influenced the design of these small pots.

An installation of Sea Globes are constantly on show in the gallery, displayed across an old Pembrokeshire long table. I am always developing them so when you revisit the gallery I am sure you will find some new ones to add to your collection.
Pembrokeshire pottery ceramic artist saundersfoot saatchi art st brides narberth tenby  the grove coast  penally abbey
Pembrokeshire pottery ceramic artist saundersfoot saatchi art st brides narberth tenby  the grove coast  penally abbey
​​Sea Urns have been developed for 2018 along with Sea Globes made from fine bone china.
Colliery Pots

Around Pembrokeshire you will find colliery sites in various states of dilapidation and preservation. These sites once produced some of the finest coal taken by trams past the gallery to be distributed from Saundersfoot Harbour. 

For these pieces I use a clay that has a high oxide content, grainy texture, and when fired presents a beautiful black finish. I use two techniques, slab work for the body of the pieces and hand thrown chinmeys.

The engraved texture on these pieces creates a random design on each side. Following bisque and glaze firing, I add fine details of gold and copper lustre into the texture of the pieces before a final third firing.

The finished piece has a story to be told. A story of a time long ago where industrial mining sat next to farming, of a history of hard working miners, of the wealth of minerals underground, and Royal clients who demanded Pembrokeshire coal for its smokeless high temperature qualities.
 
Pembrokeshire pottery ceramic artist saundersfoot saatchi art st brides narberth tenby  the grove coast  penally abbey
Pembrokeshire pottery ceramic artist saundersfoot saatchi art st brides narberth tenby  the grove coast  penally abbey
Medjool Pots

Hand thrown and decorated with slip designs these simple pots epitomise west coast design. Each piece has a slightly different and unique form, and design. 
The clear transparent glaze means that these pieces are food safe, so are great for using for olives, nibbles or, of course, Medjool dates. They are also perfect to present flowers or stunning just as a group display on their own.

Tableware

2018 will see the launch of my new tableware range.

Blackbird Ceramics is currently working with experts in Stoke on Trent, home of The Potteries, to create a stunning range of tableware incorporating west coast style designs.

Made in the UK from fine bone china and using the skills, generations of expertise, and talents of ceramic experts that has made Stoke on Trent world famous for its ability to create high quality china.

The tableware will be on sale from my gallery, on-line or independent retailers across the UK. If you are interested in finding out more then please contact me, Richard, at [email protected]
 
Pembrokeshire pottery ceramic artist saundersfoot saatchi art st brides narberth tenby  the grove coast  penally abbey
Bespoke Pieces

As a ceramic artist I like to work on individual projects. This includes a limited edition of Sansui Sea Globes, Apple, Tulip Brick Vases (Harbour Wall) and large hand coiled pieces such as the large urn currently displayed in the gallery.
Pembrokeshire pottery ceramic artist saundersfoot saatchi art st brides narberth tenby  the grove coast  penally abbey
Pembrokeshire pottery ceramic artist saundersfoot saatchi art st brides narberth tenby  the grove coast  penally abbey
Pembrokeshire pottery ceramic artist saundersfoot saatchi art st brides narberth tenby  the grove coast  penally abbey

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more information about my work.