Patricia Borsky

"I suppose I could say I was born with clay flowing through my veins. All of my mother’s side were involved in the pottery industry from master thrower through to humble fettler. I, myself, chose a different route and became a printer, but have always felt drawn to the creative aspects of ceramics. I started night school at Newcastle College in the early ‘70s and with only a brief break when my son was born, I’ve been there ever since.

My black and white work is strongly influenced by African ceramics with their bold geometric patterns. Most of the black and white pots are slab built from Y-material and painted with black and white glazes while still in an un-fired state (leather hard). They are then fired for the first time. A clear glaze is then applied before the final firing.

My stoneware pots are slab built from Crank, which is a rough-textured clay allowing the use of different finishing techniques. The pots are fired to the biscuit stage, then applied with stoneware glazes and put through a final firing."


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