Joe Hartley

Working from his Manchester studio, Joe Hartley makes ceramic objects and homewares that communicate ideas about the way we interact with objects and space. Inspired by quotidian tasks, his objects have a precise function and considered design. Central to Joe’s practice is his potter’s wheel, which he uses to create clean, minimal ceramic pieces, often including secondary materials, such as cork, wood and textiles. In 2014, Joe was shortlisted for the prestigious Perrier-Jouet Art Salon Prize.

Multi-Disciplinary Maker, Ceramicist

Joe Hartley

North West England

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Maker's Quote

My design process begins with testing really, or playing with materials, but it nearly always starts in 3D before exploring it further in 2D. The beginning is often inspired by an object that I might come across on a daily basis, or an activity I might do. I allow my objects to evolve rather than designing them.

Joe HartleyMulti-Disciplinary Maker & Ceramicist


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