Amanda Banham

Amanda predominantly makes ceramic houses which she raku fires. Her houses were initially inspired by a street in her town of Saffron Walden called Castle Street. Her family have three dogs who seem to constantly need a walk and with small children it isn’t always easy to entice them out in all weather. So when her daughter was small they used to walk the dogs along Castle Street with its brightly coloured timber framed houses and impossible leanings. They would stroll along and make up stories about the people of Castle Street and what they were doing in their houses. Then she began making houses in clay and telling the stories of the people who lived in them. 

Amanda has a degree in illustration which she combined with ceramics from Cambridge School of Art and she believes the combination of these disciplines is key to her working practice.