Juliet Macleod studied at Central St Martins and worked as a graphic designer in London for twenty years. After stopping work to have a family, she rediscovered her love of pottery during a short course at Gray’s School of Art in 2012. Following a year of exploration and experimentation, she founded The Cloud Pottery. Juliet moved to Aberdeen from Devon in 2010. She has been lucky to live in areas of immense natural beauty and this in turn has provided her with a huge visual resource.
The Cloud Pottery makes contemporary, wheel-thrown porcelain pottery for functional use. Juliet’s pots use seascapes as the inspiration for their patterning, with reflected colours both inside and at the foot reminiscent of the lichens and seaweeds found
on the coast.
More than twenty years as a graphic designer generated a fascination for mark making. This combined with a love of Scandinavian and Japanese design have developed into Juliet’s particular approach to making. Self-taught, she uses time-honored pottery techniques such as sgraffito, slip trailing and mishima to create contemporary porcelain pieces.
These pieces are individually handmade by Juliet. As a result, there may be slight variations in colour, finish and dimensions between pieces. The clay used is Royale porcelain that is fired in an electric kiln up to a temperature of approximately 1260ºC. Although porcelain is extremely strong and considered microwave and dishwasher safe, careful use and hand washing is recommended.