Hayley Bangham’s journey into the world of pottery began at Perth Studio Potters in 2014. She had never touched clay before this first class. She instantly fell in love and has been hooked ever since.
By 2016 she had transformed her backyard shed into a home studio and pottery became her new love and full-time pursuit. Each piece she makes is created on the wheel and reflects her love for minimalist design and functionality. She believes that pottery should not only be beautiful to look at, but should also feel comfortable in your hands, “if it doesn’t feel nice, if it doesn’t make us want to pick it up, we simply won’t use it”.
She creates two very different ranges. Her Naked range involves marbling different grades and colours of clay, from iron-rich, dark chocolate coloured stoneware to fine white porcelain. These pieces have a beautiful rustic, earthy, natural feel and the lack of glaze allows the clay bodies to express their unique texture, colours, and variations in tone. Each vase is a one-of-a-kind piece that can never be replicated.
Her functional range includes bowls, plates, mugs and tumblers. Large serving platters and share plates however, are definitely what she loves to create.
Today she creates all her own glazes and high-fires all handcrafted pieces to 1300C in both oxidation and reduction atmospheres. Multilayering her glazes creates the depth and complexity to the clean lines of her modest forms. She enjoys observing how different glazes react with one another and how they flow and pool to create unique patterns and textures. Their dynamic nature is a constant source of inspiration.