I am Raquel Acosta, a ceramicist based in the south of London (United Kingdom), in the charming Carshalton Village. All my work is handmade with love and care from my little garden studio/shed.
I touched clay for the first time in 2016 when I signed up for evening classes after being inspired by BBC’s The Great Pottery Throwdown. Very soon I became obsessed with the ceramic world as I learnt about the techniques and possibilities of a craft with thousands of years of history.
The area of ceramics that I find most fascinating is glaze chemistry. I create my own glazes using feldspars and colouring oxides, which I fire to 1,260 degrees C and slow cool to further develop crystallisation.
I am drawn towards soft colours and simple shapes, often creating pieces to best suit the qualities of a glaze. My focus is on creating glazes with an interesting finish that never look exactly the same, making each piece truly unique.