Ceramic forms imbued with a true sense of place

Marsh Mud Glazed Vessels by Ella Porter
1 July, 2023
Ceramic forms imbued with a true sense of place
This series is part of an ongoing exploration of Stiffkey marsh mud as a ceramic material. Collected and later processed in the studio, Ella Porter has been using the marsh mud as an addition to her ceramic glazes. The subtle hues of green/blue tint in this glaze allow the clay body to peep through beneath its surface mimicking qualities of water weaving through muddy banks of the marshy landscape. Through the alchemy of kiln firing subtle qualities of this unique landscape are distilled and fixed within the surface of the object, and in turn the objects become a souvenir of place for the home.
Below are some examples of the vefssels currently available to buy at "East to East" currently open in the stables at Houghton Hall and online.



Below unfired vessels in the making




About the author

Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.