Fraddon Pottery was started by Frances Osborne from her family home in the mid 80’s. The studio was converted from a garage by her husband. Frans first purchase for her new studio was a second hand kiln and wheel, which she used to make domestic pottery to sell to local craft outlets. Frans inspiration comes from the landscape around her, impetcularly the sea, wild flowers and colours of the rock formations which boarder the Cornish coastlines.
As well as making domestic pieces Fran also creates works of art, in the shapes of boats and boxes. Theses pieces are inspired by Relics of the past, smoked fired and hand finished in gold. These pieces are vey bold and distinctive.
Frances feels very privileged to be able to create the art work that she does and she is always wanting to put back in to the local community. All the clay used at Fraddon Pottery is sourced locally, just a few miles down the road. Frances also offers Pottery lessons, from novice to advanced, she often says “if you have a skill, pass it on!” Over the years Fran has taught a lot of budding Potters, some of which have gone on to start studios of their own.
Frances work isn’t always based in Fraddon. She and her work often travel to local art fairs, craft shows and art markets. One of the most frequent places you’ll find Fraddon Pottery is Portscatho. Portscatho is a picturesque coastal village, full of galleries and cafes. It is also home to an old Fishermans shelter, this is always occupied by a local artist exhibiting their work. Frances is exhibited her work here fortnightly throughout the summer. The Fishermans shelter has breathtaking views across the harbour and is a perfect place to admire art work.
Fraddon Pottery has now gone on to supply domestic wear to cafes in Cornwall. It is currently producing a range of wear for The Hidden Hut to use at their now famous feast nights.