'Do what you love,
it's your gift to the universe'
do it again,
do it quicker
and do it better!'
We love making beautiful, useful
objects. This love is no exercise in
perfection, it isa repeated coaxing
into being, a playful discovery that
grows and changes with
each iteration. It's about getting
our fingers into the stuff of the
universe and seeing what happens.
It's aboutflowing with change and
It is the anticipation before a kiln
is opened and the satisfied
calm after a day's throwing.
We believe that by joyfully
embracing the making process
we will create, not just high quality
functional ware,but functional ware
that is truly a joy to use.
Neil is the full time potter at PigElf,
he does the throwing, formulates
the glazes, loads the kilns and
generally provides elbow grease
to the creative nitty gritty.
Matthew earns his living as an
accomplished 2D artist, if you haven't
already seen his iconic Tower paintings,
check them out at
Matt is the PigElf sculptor, mold maker and product
consultant. He generally appears after a couple of months
of meticulous painting, and dispels his cabin fever with
whisky and clay work. He creates decorative ware,
combining his strongly illustrative
style with a love of playful character and a fascination with
the outright bizarre.
Neil is fascinated by the applied chemistry of colour,
driven to explore and constantly expand the PigElf palette,
he researches and experiments voraciously,
honours the kiln gods, gets excited about obscure
theoretical insights and, once in a while,
does a little dance when a glaze totally works..
We ship our pots by Royal Mail (1st class signed for)
We aim to ship most orders within 24hrs of receiving them,
and always within 48hrs, please be aware that we are,
most of the time, one man in a shed in Cumbria.
Our packaging is 100% biodegradable,
we use recycled cardboard, recycled paper bubble wrap,
sustainably harvested wood wool and paper packing tape.
We are happy to ship internationally,
please contact us for international shipping quotes.
PigElf Ceramics supports RAIN
There is no getting away from the fact that firing kilns to stoneware temperatures
is an energy intensive activity. We generate some electricity from solar panels,
however until we can afford a pretty epic battery, we will be dependant on mains
electricity for our firings.
For sustainably minded potters this is a problem. To balance our carbon karma
we choose to support RAIN, the Regenerative Agroforestry Impact Network.
They organise and fund sustainable agroforestry projects in South America,
focusing on hydrological regeneration of springs and watercourses.
We believe that they are an excellent example of a small charity running
effective and targeted projects and are proud to support their work.
For every pot under £20 sold we donate 50p
and for every pot over £20 sold we donate £1
Every year we create a kiln load of limited edition
RAIN mugs. We heartily endorse RAIN,
to read more about their fantastic work, click their logo.....