Swifts Platter

Jacqueline Leighton Boyce
Swifts Platter by Jacqueline Leighton Boyce forms part of a body work inspired by the changing of the seasons from a late ‘Indian Summer’ to Autumn, when the quality of light dims and colours fade. Finding beauty in the transition from season to season, Jacqueline’s illustrations represent the time of year when flowers begin to lose their radiance, petals and leaves fall from foliage leaving skeletal structures in their place, and bright berries appear for the birds. This piece is formed from red terracotta clay, handbuilt and illustrated with a flock of migrating swifts.

Material: Terracotta, slip, metallic lustres
cm: Width 38.5cm, Depth 25cm, Height 1.5cm
inches: Width 15.2in, Depth 9.8in, Height 0.6in
Care Instructions: Wipe with a damp, lint-free cloth


Jacqueline’s ceramics are formed from red terracotta clay and all her work is handbuilt, mainly using coiling and slab building techniques.To decorate, Jacqueline creates layers of colours and illustrates with sgraffito drawing, using slips and underglazes. The piece is initially fired twice, then metallic lustres applied before firing for a final time to complete her signature and unique, decorative vessels.
The Maker Jacqueline Leighton Boyce Ceramicist - South West England

With a BA and MA in Ceramic Design from Central St Martins, Jacqueline Leighton Boyce creates handmade earthenware ceramics, which she decorates with motifs inspired by nature such as birds and flowers. Based in Devon, she draws her inspiration from the surrounding landscape and her pieces are imbued with an appealing rawness. There is a folkloric element to her recent work for The New Craftsmen, which features doves, swifts, dandelions and stags.