Combining industrial processes and the finest bone china, I produce elegant, pure white, functional forms with an element of playfulness to interest and excite the senses.
Inspired by the ethos of Scandinavian design with its functionality, honesty of materials and simplicity. My work is primarily focused on creating perfectly handmade functional pieces with simple clean lines and an elegant silhouette.
I first model each new shape by hand in solid plaster and from this I make a plaster mould. Each handmade piece is then slip-cast using English Fine Bone China, fettled, then dried out and fired. I heat then dip each piece into a glossy transparent glaze before its second firing to compliment and enhance the pure clean lines. The final firing is for the backstamp, Wendy Tournay, Handmade in England.'
I completed a BA Hons in Ceramics with Glass Design at the University of Central England in 1998, following this I designed for the ceramics industry before returning to study in Stoke on Trent. Here I undertook a Masters at Staffordshire University in Ceramic Design for Production which I completed in 2003.
Following my MA I won many awards for my work, such as the Jaguar cars product design award for my Hula teacup & saucer at the RBSA open exhibition, Johnson Matthey shape design competition in the Hotelware category. My work has been featured in Elle Decoration and exhibited nationally and across Europe.
Aswell as working Freelance on various projects with major Stoke on Trent potteries, I have undertaken numerous commissions including pattern design for Vista Allegre, the Clay Roofing Award’s Trophy and the Ceramic Industry Forum’s Guest Speakers Gifts.
I went on to complete a PGCE at the University of Central England in 2005, following this I have spent several years teaching Art and Design in school, specialising in 3D Design and Ceramics. I have also been Visiting Tutor at Birmingham City University.
During 2018 and 2019 I worked with Edgbaston Michelin star restaurant Simpsons to produce unique handmade Petit Fours Plates and Butter Plates. I was also commissioned to make gifts for their customers to commemorate their 25th birthday.
I was shortlisted in the Gift of The Year Awards 2019, Contemporary Gift Category for my Pure Cufflinks.
I am an Artist Tutor at MAC Birmingham, teaching termly ceramics classes alongside running my Contemporary Ceramics practice, Wendy Tournay Ceramics.