[Artist Works]

Sue Binns

Sue Binns

Sue Binns is a potter who creates distinctive tablewear, predominantly using stripes, and though they are decorative, they are functional stoneware items.The pattern is achieved by painting diluted cobalt directly onto the dolomite glaze, creating a unique design for each piece which is finished with a matt glaze.


"My skills as a potter are largely self taught but I had an inspirational few years under the guidance of Ian Godfrey at the Montem School in the 1980s. Since then my work has been evolving and I have produced a wide range of functional domestic stoneware.

I am fascinated by the way stripes create different visual impressions, positive or negative, depending on their thickness and density. The effect of the matt glaze can also give a blurred edge to the outline and occasionally pulls the stripe down into various patterns.

My inspiration comes from Mediterranean pottery, Japanese fabrics and ceramics but mainly from 1950s Rye Pottery which was around in my home when I was growing up. Although now with the bigger pieces, Bridget Riley occasionally springs to mind!

The distinctive patterns are produced by brushing dilute cobalt over the dolomite glaze before firing to 1240. The seemingly endless combinations of stripes that dominate my work are carefully chosen to suit each individual piece." - Sue Binns

Beside The Wave has been showcasing Sue's collections for almost 20 years. Sue is a brother of The Artworkers Guild, and won the Evening Standard Award for Domestic Design at Origin 2006.

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