Adèle Samphire

Adèle Samphire

Samphire Pottery 

Artist: Ceramics
Location: Victoria, BC
Member Since: 1998

Adèle has been working in clay in various ways for more than thirty years. She received her formal art training at Leeds College of Art and Birmingham College of Art in the UK between 1959 and 1964. During her last two years at Leeds, she studied Dress and Textile Design, which has remained an important influence in her ceramic work.  

Adèle’s early work in ceramics consisted mostly of hand-built pots and relief sculptures, ranging from kitchen tiles to large murals. 

For the last ten years, Adèle has concentrated on functional ware made from porcelain or high fired stoneware clay. Most of her work is wheel-thrown. Her glazes are applied freehand using a variety of brushes, sponges and slip trailers, and layered to achieve a rich surface. She often draws directly onto the surface of her pots, with natural forms – generally vegetation – being her primary inspiration. 

Adèle’s pottery is strong, durable and food safe, and can be used in ovens, microwaves and dishwashers. 


“My intent is to achieve a balance between the subject that interests me and the marks that I can make with the materials that I use. I continue to enjoy making wheel-thrown functional tableware, which I hope will enhance the process of preparing and serving food.”

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