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Meet The Maker – Sue Candy

January 18, 2013
Sue Candy - Ceramicist

Sue Candy – Ceramicist

After studying a City & Guilds course in Ceramic Design and having a number of careers including English Teacher and member of a wholefood co-operative, Sue set up as a full-time ceramicist eight years ago.  She now works from a workshop at the bottom of her garden in the creative town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, designing and making contemporary tableware, wall pieces and ceramic jewellery.  

jewellery box turquoise

Jewellery Box

All of Sue’s work is handmade with care from porcelain slabs, and decorated using a variety of techniques including inlay, sgraffito, incising, metal lustre painting and printing.  Each piece is finished with a transparent silky glaze and fired to 1230°, making her tableware waterproof and dishwasher safe.  Her reputation is built on the clean geometric shapes and delicacy of her designs, applied with a limited colour palette. 

Tall lidded Box

Tall Lidded Box

The imagery Sue uses is drawn from coastal, horticultural, Scandinavian and Japanese influences, which unconsciously become absorbed into the melting pot of ideas, and resurface as a range of unique decorative and functional tableware and accessories.

Chutney, salt and pepper and Mustard pots

Chutney, Salt and Pepper and Mustard pots

 Sue regularly exhibits at galleries all over the UK and stocks approximately twenty galleries at any one time.  She also sells direct to the public at contemporary craft fairs and online.  She is a member of Northern Potters and an Associate Member of Northlight Art Studios.

jewellery box, vase, budvase turquoise

Jewellery Box, Vase and Bud Vase

Heart Gallery regularly showcases Sue’s ranges and we currently have this turquoise version on our shelves.

Saltaire Arts Trail – May 2011

June 2, 2011
Saltaire Arts Trail informative booklet

Saltaire Arts Trail informative booklet

Bank Holiday Monday I left my lovely ladies, Mandy and Julia, in charge at Heart Gallery to visit Saltaire for their Arts Trail. I’ve always done this on a Sunday in September before as the Open Houses have been part of the Saltaire Festival.

Saltaire with a grey and gloomy morning sky!

Saltaire with a grey and gloomy morning sky!

This year the organisers took the plunge to host the Arts Trail as a stand-alone event and I sincerely thought it worked really well despite the fact that our Yorkshire weather was rather damp for it! This did not seem to put visitors off as all the houses were really busy so I do hope that all makers/artists involved, and the organisers, felt all their hard work payed off.

Wet cobbles in Saltaire

Wet cobbles in Saltaire

I had a plan (of sorts)  ….. park in my usual spot on the outskirts of Saltaire so that I could get a walk in too! First stop would be Number 1 Myrtle Place which was one of my favourite houses in September as I met the lovely Laura Slater, textile artist, there and my daughter joined in a book binding demonstration making a little booklet for Grandma for her Birthday.

Laura Slater  in 2 Constance Street

Laura Slater in 2 Constance Street 2011

One of Heart Gallery’s  resident artists Clare Caulfield was also exhibiting with Laura last year but this year she had decided to take the plunge and open her own home to the public exhibiting her own fabulous pen and inks alongside illustrative work by Nick Tankard.

Clare's canvases nestled into her bookshelf

Clare's canvases nestled into her bookshelf

Clare Caulfield - artist and printmaker

Clare Caulfield - artist and printmaker

Clare Caulfield and her Dad in a very busy house!

Clare Caulfield and her Dad in a very busy house!

My aim was to then amble down to the Makers Fair in Victoria Hall. After that, I wasn’t sure what my plan was other than lunch, more houses and coffee with Ceramicist Helen Russell!

One room in the busy Victoria Hall

One room in the busy Victoria Hall

There were quite a few of Heart Gallery’s Hebden Bridge and local makers in the hall so it did take me quite some time to get around but it was fun chatting with them and finding out how busy they had been.

Cathy Edwards - Hand Stitched Leather Bags and Accessories

Catherine Edwards - Hand Stitched Leather Bags and Accessories

Rachel Lucie - Jeweller

Rachel Lucie - Jeweller

Anne Crowther - Textile Artist

Anne Crowther - Textile Artist

Sue Candy - Ceramicist

Sue Candy - Ceramicist

Leigh Shepherd - busy upcycling scrabble tiles, domino pieces and draught pieces with Japanese papers

Leigh Shepherd - busy upcycling scrabble tiles, domino pieces and draught pieces with Japanese papers

Had to stop for a bite to eat and then onto another few houses before meeting Helen Russell for a chin wag. I’ve recently introduced Helen’s elegant hand carved ceramic and silver jewellery to Heart Gallery and we just needed to finalise how many wall pieces she was sending me for the Art At Heart exhibition launching 12th June at Heart Gallery.

Helen Russell - hand carved porcelain and silver necklace

Helen Russell - hand carved porcelain and silver necklace


68 Victoria Road

68 Victoria Road

Another Heart Gallery ceramicist was in 68 Victoria Road along with some very interesting work I hope to book in for 2012 so watch this space!

Sarah McDade - Ceramicist

Sarah McDade - Ceramicist

I had a great day in Saltaire; I had my favourites and discovering unique artworks inside peoples homes was fun and inspiring. If you like to indulge your love of contemporary craft, and are also fascinated by other people’s homes then this Arts Trail is a must so pencil May in for 2012 … you will not be disappointed, I wasn’t.

One piece of beautiful jewellery and two beautiful ladies tie the knot!

October 3, 2009
Friday 11th September and the sun was certainly shining on these two lovely ladies for their wedding day as Mel decided to make an honest woman of Sue!


Sue is a regular exhibitor at Heart Gallery with her delicate boxes hand-built from porcelain clay slabs. Sue’s pieces are fired twice in her old re-conditioned front-loading kiln. She has tried various clay body and glaze combinations, but has settled on a French porcelain called Limoges, and a transparent glaze which is silky to the touch, and enhances the cleanness of the lines and form. All Sue’s work is food-safe and waterproof.

Sue Candy

Sue Candy

Mel contributes enormously to The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade which is a community-generated parade led by local artists which celebrates the creativity, variety and the uniqueness of Hebden Bridge and its surrounding areas. As an area fiercely proud of its local character, and apparently internationally known for its funkiness, the Hebden Bridge parade is not your average small town parade so Mel should be proud of its achievements the last two years.
handmade parade  2009

handmade parade 2009

handmade parade 2009

Sue and Mel came down to see me a few days before their civil ceremony and reception at The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey to find something suitable for Mel to wear around her neck that would remain a classic piece worn time and time again. They both knew the type of thing they wanted and as soon as they saw Hannah Souter’s range from my ACJ exhibition, Cambridge they knew that they had found ‘the one’.


Hannah’s work is strongly influenced by her love of organic forms, in particular seed pods and buds. Comprising of hand press formed and individually fabricated units, her jewellery combines subtle surface textures and contrasting finishes to create unique pieces of fine jewellery. Heart Gallery was proud that Hannah wanted to showcase her work in Hebden Bridge with the Cambridge branch of The Association of Contemporary Jewellery.

H Souter -Textured large dome ring

H Souter -Textured large dome ring

Hannah Souter - Textured dome pendants

Hannah Souter - Textured dome pendants

Sue and Mel had just a fabulous day, everything was perfect, and this close up of them proves that … and also shows how perfect Hannah’s pendant was around Mel’s neck.

Sue and Mel

Sue and Mel


Heart Gallery sends heartfelt love and best wishes to Sue and Mel for a happy and joyous life together. xXx

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