About

Catherine Portal

Ceramics

I am a ceramic artist and potter living in the Lisbon area. I am of French and English descent and have now lived in Portugal for 26 years, since March 1986, when I came here for a 3 week holiday and never left.

I have had no formal training and originally learnt by trial and error in the mid seventies, throwing on the wheel over and over again, trying to copy what I had just been shown. The smell, the feel, the possibilities of clay (as well as the failures and disappointments) got me hooked. Many years and many pots down the road, having sold at fairs and shops in the UK, I attended the odd workshop or three ( Jack Doherty, Adele Goulty, Sandy Brown) which focused mainly on creativity and opened the doors to the enchanted world of mud, sensuality, inner peace and self expression.

I like my pots to make people smile out loud, to bring a little sunshine to the breakfast table or just add a little quirkiness to their daily life. I feel my pieces are a success when they make people’s hearts smile and their hands reach out to hold them and I aim to impart as much love, pleasure and joy into each and every one of them just for that.

I also like to share of my love of dance and beautiful movements which show through some of the people that inhabit my pieces or in the shape of a curve or in the way a glaze just runs down the side of a pot.

There is nothing like a well made pot that you repeatedly reach for and use just because it brings you so much pleasure and satisfaction; a good pot is like a good friend you cannot live without because they make it all worth it.

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