Why Eskimo Blue, you say?
Sketch of Stoneface 2007
Here is the answer to Eskimo Blue’s most frequently asked question…
After completing her degree in 2007, Charlotte continued to work full time in ceramics and moved into a studio in her hometown of Leicester. In the year that followed Charlotte had exhibitions in London and had her work for sale in galleries across the U.K and also in Spain. It was during this first year that she began to experiment further with ceramic processes and she began to produce a variety of more functional wares and also a jewellery range.
Wanting to keep this side of her ceramics separate from her Ceramist name of Charlotte Barker (Charlotte Barker Ceramics) she was inclined to come up with an alternative name and logo.
A rather large craft fair was looming and Charlotte had given herself less than a week to come up with a new creative identity. ”I really wanted a name that wasn’t obviously pottery but that people would remember”…
Out came her University sketch books and whilst leafing through in a mild state of panic one image stood out.
A sketch of her favourite test piece at University saved the day! The piece was actually called “Stoneface” and he still resides in Eskimo Blue today. Charlotte didn’t feel that that name fitted and as the sketch actually had a feel of an Eskimo about it, the name Eskimo was born.
The blue part?? Just simply that Charlotte totally loves the colour blue. It is in many of her glazes too!
Stoneface - Test piece 2007