Isatu Hyde works with a range of clays, glazes and influences but her main focus is on reduction-fired stoneware. Her work is intended to be both cherished and used with each piece being deeply considered for all it’s potential positive value to a human heart and home.
TRADITIONAL APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING
Isatu was trained in production pottery for 3 years under the instruction of Andrew Crouch at The Marches Pottery in Ludlow, Shropshire. Isatu is Andrew’s only apprentice and works alongside him still, working to to fill the oil fired kiln at the pottery.
It was with Andrew that Isatu’s eyes were opened to the opulence of beauty available to us all through a pursuit of ‘those collective treasures known to us as culture and tradition’ (Lewis Hyde, The Gift). An existing affiliation with the natural world found a mode of expression under a rigorous training in wheel-thrown ceramics, coupled with a generous exposure to art history from around the world.
'EVERYDAY IS ALL WE HAVE' - TABLEWARE & HOMEWARE
Function is an important aspect of Isatu's work as she truly is excited by ‘beauty that is identified by use’ (Soetsu Yanagi) – that moment when an object’s beauty is bought to life by performing the function for which it was intended. Equally important to Isatu is form, decoration and sculptural abstraction – all of which are key to creating a product that has the potential to become a valued part of daily life for generations.
ANCIENT FORMS REDESIGNED FOR CONTEMPORARY LIFE
Isatu is influenced by creative expression for all over the globe. Her particular love is for domestic and ceremonial arts and craft from ancient civilisations. Minoan vases, Liao dynasty bottles, Terracotta heads from Ife, Jomon fire pots from Japan, all feed her endless hunger for human creation and expression of life. Some of Isatu's thoughts and research on this subject, and on the various making processes used in the studio, can be found in the Stories section on this site, or on her Instagram feed.