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 following a 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 has in turn provided her with a huge visual resource.
The Cloud Pottery makes contemporary wheel-thrown stoneware pottery for functional use. Juliet is inspired by her surrounding marine environment and the colours and naturally occurring patterns that are found there. Self-taught, she uses time-honoured techniques of slip trailing, sgraffito and mishima. Both Scandinavian and Mid Century design are also of significant influence in her work.
The 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 a porcelain white stoneware which is fired in an electric kiln up to a temperature of approximately 1240ºC. Although stoneware is extremely strong and considered microwave and dishwasher safe, careful use and hand washing is recommended.