Path and Inspiration Simon Olley is fascinated by the relationship that develops between man and man's best friend. His work combines illustration and sgraffito to depict and celebrate the exciting (sometimes imaginary) life of his Labrador Retriever (the least demanding of supermodels) in permanent, everlasting ceramic form – so much easier to keep clean than the real thing! He also undertakes commissions worldwide for unique pottery, often based on an owner's favourite four-legged friends.
Process and Practice The pose of the dogs are matched to the piece, illustrated and carved by hand. Never tracing or using stencils or decals or anything like that. I have nothing against other methods, I just like to paint/scratch quickly and freely with as little as possible to slow me down or get between my brushes and tools and the damp clay.