Jackie Zehnder

Ceramics • Red Route • New in 2022

I am a ceramist and the technique I practice is referred to as slabbing. This involves rolling clay into pastry like sheets which I emboss with plant foliage then fold into vessels of various kinds both functional and ornamental.

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My Practice

My inspiration is derived from my delight over nature. Using plant material embossed onto clay brings the details out in a way that the naked eye can’t always observe. I achieve this using a technique called “slabbing” that involves rolling sheets of clay onto which I emboss the foliage then fold into the desired shape. Oxides are used after fining to recreate the life like details which is then clear glazed and refired. I hope visitors to my studio are inspired and left with the impression they’ve had an experience that leaves them with a greater understanding of the particular technique of slabbing but also with a fresh new appreciation for the wonders of woodland and hedgerow.

Tools & Materials

I opened my studio in August 2021 and it has become my haven.I have a hands on area for making and glazing with storage space for my clay, glazes, tools and equipment. I also have a display area where my finished work can be perused or purchased. All on the banks of the river Esk in the beautiful area of Canonbie/ Langholm.

Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity

I’m planning to do demonstrations during the Spring Fling event with opportunity for visitors to try their hand at making a pencil pot/vase if they would like to.

Spring Fling Friends Offer

Free refreshments with all purchases for Spring Fling Friends.

Studio 96


Fern Ceramics, “Failte” Hagg on Esk, Canonbie, DG14 0XE



My venue is very accessible having courtyard accesses so that cars can drive right to the studio doors if necessary.All ground areas are flat ..either grassed/ concrete or gravel.No steps into the studio.Studio doors wide enough for wheel chairs.

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Disabled Parking


  • Toilet
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking (10 spaces)
  • Credit/debit cards accepted
  • Open through the year by appointment

Visiting my studio

My studio has doors along one whole wall that can be opened creating a healthy ventilated space that would be open to fresh air and akin to outdoors.If the need to wait because of numbers should arise I have a seating area outside of my studio with tables and chairs where you can enjoy a coffee and cake.whilst waiting ….

Evening Openings

Wed / Thu / Fri / Sat

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