Barnacle Shell Range

Barnacle Shell pots

The Barnacle shell range is inspired by the masses of tiny crustaceans observed on Scottish beaches, with their ridged shells and feeding holes. They are containers of light  and embody these beautiful characteristics of porcelain : whiteness,, translucency and smoothness. Fine throwing and turning enable me to make pots that appear delicate yet have inherent strength once fired. 


Barnacle Shell bowl large diam 22cm £190

Holes resembling barnacle shells with raised ridges are then bored into the surface. I carefully stretch the porcelain, making the holes bigger and bigger aiming to create as much space as clay – taking the porcelain to it’s very limit then setting it hard in the kiln. The result is a beautifully light bowl suitable for displaying fruit or flowers – lovely just on it’s own. Hand washable.


three Brnacle shell bowls Jill Ford Ceramics

Barnacle Shell bowl – small diam 18cm   £98


Barnacle shell shallow bowl diam 26cm £190                                                                                                                                  


Barnacle shell standing forms ht 48cm £220

Standing Forms are slender and very tall – up to 48 cm in height – they make a WOW statement in a room! Forms are thrown on the wheel and then bored through with hundreds  holes resembling barnacle shells, each one has a delicately raised ridge. If placed beside on a windowsill they will allow light to shine through the holes and through the translucent porcelain. Waterproof, hand washable.


Barnacle shell oval dish length 28cm £150

This dish starts as an open cylinder, thrown on the wheel that is gently squeezed into an oval form. I bore the same barnacle shell – inspired holes into the surface and and add textures observed on the coastline. The dish is glazed and so is prefect for displaying fruit or flowers – or it can be placed on it’d own to make a visual statement. The ridged holes will allow light to pass through giving the pieces a delicacy and vibrancy.


Barnacle shell platter length 28cm £125

The flat form echoes marine creatures – flat fish, rays or egg cases occasionally washed up on beaches of N.W.Scotland, with organic curves undulating around the base. A delicate textural decoration highlights the wave-like edges of the form. This would make a pretty platter for serving food, and is glazed and hand washable. Imagine it stacked with sushi…..