Prue’s work celebrates friendship and the sharing of simple pleasures. The warm directness of slipware, the physicality of ceramic, and the simple fact that a large dish for food automatically implies sociability and daily life, are all essential parts of the whole. Some dishes are inscribed with quotations, and the lettering is an integral part of the design, in the same way that the words are integral to a song. The cast of characters in the designs also comment on life.
The dishes are glazed with a food-safe honey glaze, and are dish-washer proof and gently oven proof. The dishes are decorated with slips, the ground colour brushed, the lettering slip-trailed, and the figures etc transferred off newspaper cutouts, sgraffito’d before application to the damp clay. The crispness of the cut paper contrasts with the gentle relief of the slightly raised image, and the soft form of a moulded dish.
She is a member of the Craft Potters’ Association, and the Artworkers Guild, where she was Master in 2014.