CoCA Shop

The CoCA shop offers a range of work by contemporary artists working with clay, along with a selection of gifts, books, postcards and souvenirs related to CoCA and ceramics.

Current artists in stock are listed below. For up to date information on what we currently have in stock, please contact York Museums Trust directly on 01904 687687 or email coca.york@ymt.org.uk.

Artist of the Month – Paul Young

“Ceramics have been a part of my creative heart and profession for over twenty-five years. During this time I have been drawn ever closer to the traditions of English earthenware, slipware and European folk art. While taking inspiration from all of these, I feel the strongest bond lies with the Staffordshire wares of the eighteenth century.”

Artists Currently in Stock

  • Susan Hall – “My obsession with animals and animal imagery has been more or less constant since my childhood, so it is beyond doubt that they should be the dominant subject in my work. It seems right and the most honest creative front available. “I do believe that part of my drive to make animals is tied up in the primitive need to possess them – like effigies and totems. In my sculpture, I’m trying to create an image which traps a kind of animal truth.”
  • Cauldron Ceramics, Ian Mcintyre: The Brown Betty Teapot – Cauldon Ceramics of Staffordshire maintain the tradition of redware manufacturing and are the oldest remaining maker of the Brown Betty teapot. Together with designer Ian McIntyre they present this re-engineered edition. It includes the reintroduction of innovative precedents in the history of the pot: Alcock Lindley and Bloore’s 1920’s patented ‘locking lid’ and ‘non-drip spout’ have been applied.
  • Jane Hamlyn – Jane’s functional salt glazed ceramics are a firm favourite in our shop. She says: “I set up my studio in 1975 and began working as a full-time studio potter in the Leach tradition. My functional pots have always been made to celebrate the rituals of daily life.” We have several of Jane’s pieces in the CoCA collection, including these latest additions.
  • Sue Dunne – “My work directly reflects my year-round fascination with natural history, particularly plant-life when it’s wild. Over the months, seasons and years I have been building up a library of records in the form of moulds of pressed flowers, twigs, seeds, leaves, berries and feathers. I feel privileged that something as beautiful, but so flimsy and transient, as a flower can be given more permanence by my ceramic work.”
  • Darrell Milnes – Darrell is a studio potter, designer and maker based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield. He produces hand built and wheel thrown ceramics.
  • Ruth King – Ruth King trained at Camberwell School of Arts and Craft and moved to York after four years living and working in London. Ruth’s pots have been exhibited widely and are represented in many collections in the UK and overseas. Her unique and distinctive pots are composed from sections then worked intensively, allowing each piece to develop its own particular voice. Ruth’s work features in the CoCA collection.
  • Barbora Jelínková – Cajthamlová – The current range of Barbora Jelínková – Cajthamlová’s work on display in the CoCA shop features her small ceramic animals, each with their own unique and decorative personalities.
  • Tricia Thom – Tricia makes wheel-thrown porcelain pots that are then slip decorated and glazed. Her work encapsulates her love of the process of making, and of the natural environment.  She captures fleeting glimpses of landscapes while moving through them.
  • Penny Withers – “Complementary layers of glazes are dipped, sprayed or poured across the surface. By observing the way different glazes react together I have built up a repertoire of painterly combinations suggesting landscapes, reflecting the elemental materials and processes in their construction. Firing is completed in electric and wood kilns. This is where the magic happens and the landscape pictures are formed.”
  • Paul Young – “Ceramics have been a part of my creative heart and profession for over twenty-five years. During this time I have been drawn ever closer to the  traditions of English earthenware, slipware and European folk art. While taking inspiration from all of these, I feel the strongest bond lies with the Staffordshire wares of the eighteenth century.
  • Katie Braida – “I use hand-building techniques to create individual works. This takes on a variety of forms, but experiments with more sculptural work often lead back to producing vessel forms. Recently I have started to glaze the interior of the vessel forms, contrasting the matt exterior.”
  • Michelle Freemantle – “I aim to create objects that enhance the user’s life, as they become part of their daily environment.” In her ceramic work, Michelle uses a mix of hand built, press mould and thrown techniques, inscribing lines and text into the surfaces and applying slips and oxides. Her functional work embodies both utility and content, acting simultaneously as art pieces.
  • Deiniol Williams – Deiniol’s ceramic practice explores the dichotomy between rhythm and discord, balance and disorder. Bringing together raw and unrefined materials and incorporating them into the clay, he seeks to find the harmonious point between the rhythmic flow of the potter’s wheel and the disruptive and chaotic inclusions within the modified clay.
  • Miche Follano – “My work is rooted within the ethos that existed in 17th Century Europe, replication of Chinese porcelain objects.”
  • Ali Tomlin – “All of my work is in porcelain and individually wheel thrown. Most pieces are glazed only on the inside and sanded on other surfaces to achieve a soft, tactile finish. I like to leave some of the porcelain white, giving me a clean canvas to play with marks, lines and texture.”
  • John Calver – John Calver has been making stoneware pottery from white stoneware clays since 1981. Many forms are altered dynamically while the clay is soft.
  • Matthew Wilcock – “My most recent work is rather exciting. In the past 6 months it has developed dramatically as I have pushed the boundries of everything I know about ceramics.” Matthew Wilcock is probably best known as the winner of the BBC programme ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’.
  • Barbara Wood – ”All of my work is hand built, so no two pieces are identical. I use finishing techniques which include an element of unpredictability, to produce fine art, saggar fired ceramics as well as functional, crystalline glazed wares.” Barbara’s ‘Winter Landcape’ series is currently on sale at the CoCA shop. The pieces feature lines and shapes reminiscent of blue/grey Yorkshire days during the winter months.
  • David Wright – “All my work is made from coils or ropes of clay. Each pot is therefore very individual; it has a unique character, with a distinct textural surface. Boxes, bottles and bowls are my reference point. It is important that the work I make can have some function, albeit only to hold a single flower or stem of grass. Using reclaimed wood for lids, boxes and caddies form a large part of the work that I produce.”
  • Maggie Zerafa –  After completing a BA in Craft Ceramic Design at Monash University, Melbourne, in 1992, Maggie moved to Japan to embark on a three year apprenticeship studying under the eminent Mashiko artist Ryo Suzuki. In her art, she uses glazes in soft natural hues, making sure each piece is unique. Maggie’s passion for her art comes from the medium… “from the beginning, the process of forming objects out of clay has struck me as magical”.
  • Steve Booton: “My latest work, with a strong Japanese influence, is where I feel most comfortable. I continue to explore wood firing with simple shino glazes on uncomplicated direct forms, allowing the nature of the clay to develop honest pots with what I like to call beautiful imperfections.”
  • Albert Montserrat: “I throw simple, clear and classic pots with no decorations. My glazes are the ones which decorate them with the strength and personality I am looking for in each one. I am very interested in the Oriental glazes in general, but more specifically in the “Oil Spot” type of glazes searching for new finishes and colours. These glazes are very challenging and extraordinarily beautiful.”
  • Adam Frew: “My work centres on the potters wheel. Traditional eastern forms inspire me, but spontaneity as a means of personal expression is key to my work. The exuberant action of throwing is enhanced by a continued experimentation through process, form and colour. Mark making is intuitive, sometimes relating to form, or process of making, sometimes it’s part of a personal narrative.”
  • Charlotte Morrison:  “I make hand-built ceramics using porcelain & stoneware clays, to create both functional & decorative items. Recent work is decorated with symbolic pattern, mapping ancient roads, places & the surrounding Yorkshire landscape.”
  • Rebecca Callis – “I love the informal set table and the familial rituals associated with food and drink. Hand thrown in porcelain and dip-glazed, I hope that my pots convey a peaceful, un-precious honesty.”
  • Margret Curtis – “I first decided to experiment with using coarse black clay, following a visit to the home and studio of Miwa Kyusetsu X1, in Hagi, Japan in 1999. I have used that clay ever since and my current body of work involves combining this coarse gritty, dark material with the beautiful qualities of thick unctuous porcelain slip.”
  • Carl Grey – “ The highly considered forms that I make are simple and precisely thrown but with spontaneous making marks. I use my own blend of high temperature firing clays which are chosen to promote flashing and glaze effects in the kiln. Sustainability is important, I use found materials to make glazes and waste wood as fuel.”
  • Kyra Mihailovic – My porcelain and silver jewellery is unique and varies in design and form from batch to batch: some items are single painted pieces and others are made from several pieces, e.g. stained porcelain combined with lustres or painted pieces, beads etc.”
  • Maggie Zerafa –  After completing a BA in Craft Ceramic Design at Monash University, Melbourne, in 1992, Maggie moved to Japan to embark on a three year apprenticeship studying under the eminent Mashiko artist Ryo Suzuki. In her art, she uses glazes in soft natural hues, making sure each piece is unique. Maggie’s passion for her art comes from the medium… “from the beginning, the process of forming objects out of clay has struck me as magical”.
  • Terry Davis – “My work is based on a technique that I developed many years ago in the U.K. In Italy it has been named “pelle d’elefante” (elephant skin). These pieces are thrown, but are pushed outwards while they are being made, to crack the surface; they give the feeling of dry burnt earth.”
  • William Plumptre – William throws with robust stoneware clay and makes a variety of press moulded bottles and dishes, with the use of rope and material each piece is then inlaid with different coloured slips. His glazes are made largely of local materials including wood ash and granite, all of his work is reduction fired in the sixty-five cubic foot gas-fired kiln, which he designed himself.
  • Ali Tomlin – “All of my work is in porcelain and individually wheel thrown. Most pieces are glazed only on the inside and sanded on other surfaces to achieve a soft, tactile finish. I like to leave some of the porcelain white, giving me a clean canvas to play with marks, lines and texture.”

Previous Artists

  • Charlotte Mellis and Ann Stokes
  • Penny Withers
  • Vanessa Bullick
  • Antonia Salmon
  • Paul Wearing
  • Jean-Paul Landreau
  • Isabel K-J Denyer
  • Clare Twomey
  • Anna-Mercedes Wear
  • Jane Pritchard
  • Perryceramics
  • Hannah McAndrew and Douglas Fitch
  • Anna Mercedes Wear
  • Antonia Salmon
  • Claire Cureen
  • Fitch and McAndrew
  • Isabel K-J Denyer
  • Jane Pritchard
  • Jenny Morten
  • Jill Ford
  • Mark Hearld
  • Pat Southwood
  • Sara Moorhouse
  • Rebecca Appleby
  • Moz Khokhar
  • Joan and Jack Hardie
  • Angela Mellor
  • Jo Davies
  • Alex Shimwell
  • George Ormerod
  • Zoe Catherine Kendall
  • Steve Tootell
  • Stonesplitter by Ian Roberts
  • Nick Williams
  • Katharina Klug
  • Mark McCue
  • Josie Walter