Potter, Wright and Webb is all about traditional heritage crafts and particularly regional craft. I have huge admiration for those who develop their craft year after year and have started this blog to highlight the many fascinating traditional crafts and industries in existence. It is a funny thing that Britain doesn’t seem to place much value on the traditional craft skills which have so much influence on our material cultural heritage, or take much notice of the distinct craft items that are region specific. So this blog is a craft journey through the British Isles seeking out the Sussex Trug, the Dorset Button and the Somerset Slipware. Along the way I shall stop off to explore traditional crafts that existed, and still exist, all over the country, after all every village needed its blacksmith and bodger.
This blog has been started by Rachel Reynolds. I am a craftsperson, designer maker and artist and have been, on and off, for the last twenty years. I trained as a metal designer, working as a furniture maker for Ron Arad for a while before starting making my own concrete exterior furniture. When not working in concrete I embroider -making bags and wall panels. Plus, in the last two years I have also been working in ceramics but have yet to decide if I am a ceramic sculptor or a potter. On the side, I am also a qualified teacher and run participatory workshops in schools and for adults.
The best description of me would be a Jack of All Trades. I would like to be a Master of One but I have issues with focus. I just can’t stick with it.