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My career in ceramics started because I love working with clay and it gave me many possibilities of expressing my creativity and ideas through shapes, surfaces and volume, while also bringing personality, imagination and inspiration into play.
During my degree, I started to study the expressive range of clay in d… Read More
My career in ceramics started because I love working with clay and it gave me many possibilities of expressing my creativity and ideas through shapes, surfaces and volume, while also bringing personality, imagination and inspiration into play.
During my degree, I started to study the expressive range of clay in depth, especially the use of porcelain and its modelling. I also researched and practiced different decorative techniques, partly with the aim of expressing the ideas behind my work more clearly, and partly for more purely aesthetic values. However, I sometimes consider that a minimal approach, which emphasises the instrinsic qualities of clay itself, suits some of my work better .
Since my graduation I have had a studio where I work on my own ceramic sculptures for exhibition, sale, and to satisfy my own creative urge. I also work as a freelance ceramics tutor in different community colleges and educational institutions, teaching classes which vary widely in the students abilities & skills. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, skills and passion for clay and ceramics.
Participating in residences around the world broadens my horizons, giving me different perspectives in ceramics and widening the circle of artists within which I move.
So far I have thoroughly enjoyed my chosen profession of ceramicist, both as artist and teacher. Read Less
My work has aimed to spark some thought on man's place in the natural world, not through polemics or overtly 'political' work, but through the languages of ceramics & the creation of striking juxtapositions, strange metamorphoses and multi-layered surreal images.
Over the years I have been producing a body of work… Read More
My work has aimed to spark some thought on man's place in the natural world, not through polemics or overtly 'political' work, but through the languages of ceramics & the creation of striking juxtapositions, strange metamorphoses and multi-layered surreal images.
Over the years I have been producing a body of work that develops a thematic dialogue concerning the relationship between nature and people, raising questions about humanity´s role within the environment, and aiming to instil a sense of wonder.
'Nature's Angel- Seen Too Much' was inspired specifically by a very overgrown Victorian cemetery in East London. This porcelain sculpture becomes a memorial of life, death and the natural world, all combined; the abundant growth portrayed in the piece through the colours and the representations of leaves and flowers makes nature an integral part of the spirituality of the angel. Here the angel's wings/leaves are covering the eyes in despair of man's despoiling of his environment.
In this particular project my view of angels was also inspired by Wim Wender's 1987 film Wings of Desire, with its representation of angels as benign invisible heavenly spirits watching over us, though in this case, the angel has had to cover her eyes.
In 'Baked Earth Talking', the figures made of clay emphasise the importance of debating & discussing matters concerning the Earth. These figures, in their raw simplicity, are straining to speak to us, demanding our attention and directing us to our connection with the natural world that we are all a part of. Read Less
I employ different methodologies of making depending on the requirements of the individual piece. I work primarily with porcelain, exploring its qualities through a combination of hand-building & casting techniques. More recently I have extended my practice to creating handbuilt pieces from terracotta.
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