Wendy Caules was self-taught for 15 years before she trained in three dimensional art at the University of Brighton in the late 90’s. She now teaches ceramics at the University of Brighton, runs workshops for children and offers private classes in her studio.
My work is mostly hand-built. I construct balanced, smooth forms which are Raku fired. I love the Raku process because it’s dynamic and immediate. It’s exciting, taking the piece out of the kiln with tongs when it’s still red hot. It feels dangerous, a bit precarious. Once in the sawdust it’s in the lap of the gods what colours you get, and even whether it stays in one piece - but the surfaces created are spectacularly organic, each one unique.
It’s this balance between the pure, controlled shapes she constructs and the element of chance provided by the Raku firing process that defines Wendy’s pieces. Her work is displayed in Brighton Festival Open Houses every year and she undertakes private commissions.