Welcome to Lloyd Coombes Ceramics, an independent animal ceramic artist, specialising in ceramic art that celebrates animals in all their various magnificent forms.
Lloyd Coombes Ceramics was started by Felicity Lloyd Coombes after she completed a degree in 3D Design Ceramics at Loughborough University. Since then she has spent four years building a reputation as an accomplished artist in her chosen genre. Felicity sculpts a range of animal ceramics for exhibitions, galleries and commissions. The commission work she undertakes specialises in creating individually hand-sculpted and hand finished animal ceramics of your pet, you can find out more and see some photographs on our Commissions page.
The range she produces focuses mainly on domestic British animals and wildlife from the British Isles. The work is on display in a gallery room at her Middleton-on-Sea studio and she also has exhibitions throughout the year showcasing her latest range. A selection of her work can be seen on the Gallery page.
Creating the Ceramics
All of the ceramics that are made in the studio are created using a unique (and secret!) technique that has been developed by Felicity. The method she uses involves first sculpting in wire and then moulding clay around the wire, the clay is then worked and manipulated into it’s the form of the animal before being fired, sometimes this is a process that may need to be repeated a number of times before the ceramic reaches her exacting standards. The technique Felicity uses produces a deceptively light sculpture that is not too heavy for transport or to move around your home. Once the animal ceramic has been completed, she will finish it with either a stain or it can be painted.
The sculptures created in the studio have movement and agility that captures the magic of the individual animal and the characteristics of the face and body in the ceramic. When the ceramics are finished, they show the vibrancy of the animal as if it was a living being. Every piece of artwork that is produced from the studio is a completely handmade individual ceramic.
The studio is a professional space but has a laid back warm atmosphere with all the equipment and materials that allows Felicity to follow her passion for creating the ceramic art she loves. Her Kiln is her most prized piece of equipment and one of the most important and is large enough to take some of the bigger outdoor commissions she receives.
Lloyd Coombes Ceramics is dedicated to continuing and evolving this ceramic animal art form and the studio has the space to allow Felicity to teach small adult ceramic art courses for up to five people. These courses are designed to teach anyone from a beginner to an expert and you can use the contact page to find out more.
The studio has easy access to a dog friendly beach, convenient for any clients bringing their dog for a commission piece or if you would like a good run after your studio visit.