Hannah Walters is a ceramic artist based in Cardiff and was a 2019/20 recipient of the Fireworks Studios residency. Time spent working in her family’s antique centre has heavily inspired her work. It developed a real interest in objects and how they were made. She creates a mix of sculptural and functional items, often blurring the line between.
Her work mostly comprises of an unusual mix of crank clay and porcelain. This begins the discussions of value and conflict in her work. She aims to make contemporary antiques, objects tied to both the past and present. Her piece, Fragmented Urn, was commissioned by National Trust property, Newton House in 2021 and Vase with Flowers can be found in the Aberystwyth Ceramics Collection and Archive. Her ceramic sculptures have been shown across the UK, including at ‘Artefact’ at the Chelsea design centre, ‘Tanio//Ignite’ with Aberystwyth Art Centre and, ‘Collect 22’ at Somerset House in London.
Her work has been shown in art magazines and journals such as Ceramic Monthly USA, Emerging Potters and Studio Potter. She has also worked on projects with a number of organisations, this includes the Eden project and National Trust property, Trelissick Gardens. One notable project was ‘the Shiro project’, with the organisation ‘Global Gardens’ and funded by Grow Wild (an educational outreach from Kew Gardens). It was aimed at celebrating native fungi with the local community through contemporary ceramic and writing workshops.