Fan Vase

Belen Gomez Ceramics

From 1984 -1996 I ran a busy pottery studio, first in London and then in Liverpool with my partner, the artist John Dilnot. We sold work through high end stores, shops, craft galleries and fairs in Great Britain, USA, Japan, Bermuda and Bahrain amongst other places. For several years Liberty of London stocked my work. A memorable commission for the Henri Bendel store in New York (originally a milliners) was a set of 12 one off platters depicting women wearing different fancy hats.

I originally began making my pottery using hand building methods but as demand for work grew I developed a pottery range derived from the one-off pieces which was mould made and more affordable. Most of our wares were made at our pottery studio but eventually some of the ranges were also cast by Kevin Millward at Gladstone Pottery, Stoke On Trent.

All work was hand painted by myself using underglaze colours on a white earthenware body and then clear glazed.

I have always been drawn to figuration and narrative and the work sprung from the many jottings and drawings in my notebooks. The pottery inhabits a playful world of gardens, lovers, the sea and daydreams.

A love of colour and decoration made the European earthenware tradition in particular a source of inspiration. Indian painting and textiles were also a constant source of reference.

My work was once described as offering “a vision of innocence and earthly delight as buoyant and uplifting as a summer garden.”

I would like to thank all the people who have written to me asking if I am the same person who made the pot they bought all that time ago. I have been very touched by the incredibly lovely letters I've received and what my work has meant to the people that bought it. Some people have also contacted me recently as regards collecting work that I made during that time and as a result I have added this page to my website. I have also been contacted as regards repairs to favourite pieces. In this instance I recommend seeking a ceramic restorer, local antique galleries should be able to suggest a good one.

Some of the galleries that exhibited my work. The Illustrated Potter London, Hitchcocks of Bath, Liberty of London, The Bluecoat Display Centre Liverpool, The Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh, Beside The Wave Falmouth, Oriel Mostyn Llandudno, Sue Williams Gallery London, Frivoli Chiswick, Brewery Art Centre Cirencester.

I studied ceramics at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, London 1981-1984 and took an Art Foundation course at Sir John Cass School of Art, London 1980-1981.



Jugs


Small Fan Vases


Jug


Starry Clover China and Pottery

From 2009-2015 I designed illustrations, which were screen printed in ceramic glazes onto special paper sheets and which I then applied on to china ware which I bought in Stoke on Trent and fired in my studio. I also applied these designs on to hand made jugs, vases and dishes. I sold this work directly through craft fairs, my studio shop and website.

Mugs

Dishes

Mermaid Jug and Vase


Rustic Ware







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