Meet the Makers…

A brief insight to The World of Ostinelli and Priest


Ostinelli & Priest have always thought of their work as a cross-over. On one hand is sculpture, with pieces created in clay and fired, and on the other, is painting where the colour is applied. Bringing both of these elements together builds the character and individuality of each piece.

The wonderful working partnership between Gaynor Ostinelli & Paul Priest flourishes and develops due to the balance of understanding between the two artists. This in turn enables them to continue to create work that pleases and inspires.

Members of the Craft Potters Association, Ostinelli & Priest’s work is becoming highly acclaimed and collectable - internationally. This recognition is further highlighted by Ostinelli & Priest’s selection as one of the invited guest potters at the forthcoming 2017 International Ceramics Festival.

Reallyverynice is proud to exhibit and display work from Ostinelli & Priest. We endeavour to commission unusual pieces and continually feedback comments and observations from our customers.

We are often asked ‘how do they make that?’ Gaynor and Paul’s unique talent makes it impossible to answer that question! However, we can give a brief insight into the basic mechanics of Ostinelli & Priest!

A wooden armature is used to support the sculpture being made whilst drying (and is then removed). Sacrificial elements such as bubble wrap and softwood dowelling are used to help model the piece with thin sheets of clay applied over the bubble wrap to create the desired dimensional shaping. These sacrificial components are burnt away in the kiln during the first firing.

The work is then coloured with underglazes, coloured slips, sometimes oxides and a also a minimal amount of clear glaze. The colour is built up over several
firings to achieve the unique desired effect, like a painting. Each piece will usually be fired usually 4 or 5 times after the initial first bisc firing.

Each and every sculpture is individually hand crafted ensuring no two pieces are identical.