Sally Mills combines clay and glass to produce unique, handmade artwork. Intricate, detailed textures are her main inspiration together with the relationship that these textures have when they encounter water.
Sally has been working with clay for over 20 years and a growing intrigue with the medium of glass led her on a pioneering journey of experimentation to successfully combine these opposing materials that can be seen in her latest vibrant collection of wall hung designs.
She works with the contrasts that these two elements create - the dry textured clay and the fluidity, transparency and depth of colour of the molten glass. Her work is a storyboard - connecting with evocative memories, allowing the viewer to revisit a treasured location, emotion or experience. Travelling and photographic studies of coastal areas from around world is a passion of hers. The memories from these trips inform and inspire her work.
Sally studied Ceramics at Middlesex University, where she also took a module in glass. She was taught by some of the UK’s leading ceramicists, Mo Jupp, Emmanuel Cooper and Kate Malone. Sally was apprenticed to Kate and it was her bravery with colour and texture that was a significant influence on Sally’s creative development.
Sally Mills has been working with clay for 28 years, highly skilled in a wide range of techniques from advanced hand building, throwing, mould making to tile making. For two years she has been experimenting with combining fritted Bulleye glass with clay. Experienced teacher of art and ceramics through workshops, evening classes and in schools.
1990-1994 BA Hons Ceramics
4 Year Sandwich Degree. Year 3 placement in industry as an apprentice to world renowned ceramicist Kate Malone.
Design and manufacture of handmade studio ceramics. Set up a studio and shop in Bedfordshire. Exhibited at international trade fairs. Closed down as took a career break to raise a family.
2000-2010 Snr Ceramic Teaching Technician (PT)
Samuel Whitbread Academy
Set up ceramic department in the large secondary school, from sourcing all equipment and materials to training teaching staff. Taught ceramics to GCSE and A’Level students.
2000-2010 Freelance Ceramic Tutor
Ran adult and children pottery classes and workshops, some through local authority, some I designed and ran myself. I also designed and ran Precious Metal Clay (PMC) workshops. Trained students up to C&G level 3.
2010-2015 Secondary School Art Teacher
SKITT PGCE Training
Samuel Whitbread Academy
Completed PGCE teacher training. Full time secondary school art teacher for four years, teacher the full range of art techniques including ceramics and glass, painting, printing to GCSE and A’Level.
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Sally Mills Ceramics & Glass
Due to family being more independent decided to set up as an artist again. Two years of experimenting with combining clay and glass. Produce ceramic and glass artwork to be hung or grouted on walls. Launched business May 2017.