Denise Brown is a ceramic artist working from her studio on the family farm in rural Fenland Cambridgeshire. Denise has made ceramic work inspired by themes from around the British coastline. Since 2020 Denise has been developing a new collection of work informed by her surrounding Fenland landscape with its renowned skies, crops in fields and isolated farm buildings.
Her handmade pieces are constructed using thinly rolled slab building techniques, and textures created through mark making with found items picked up around the farm. Discarded broken farm machinery parts found on the paths and from rummaging through the scrap heap in the farmyard, along with brushes from collected dried grasses and stubble from the fields are used to create marks and feed into the narrative of the work.
Pieces are left to fully dry before decorating with her coloured terra sigillata slips. This refined watery slip allows all the textures and marks to be retained. Work is bisque fired in an electric kiln and then further decoration applied using underglazes. Occasionally decals are added, made from her own pencil drawings.
Denise is a member of Anglian Potters, the Craft Potters Association and Peterborough Artists Open Studios.