Dimensions: 46cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 10cm (D) / 18.1" (H) x 11.8" (W) x 3.9" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Heavily grogged clay torso. Raku fired to 1000C. Fragmented form with a slightly dusted copper lustre.
Hometown: Mid Cornwall
Based in: Mid Cornwall
Andy Sheppard and Monique Robben are a couple and living in Mid Cornwall. Monique is a painter and they work together creating raku ceramics/ sculptures as well as bronzes. Selling internationally and working with Raku and post firing techniques.
They have an open studio close to the sea in Mid Cornwall.
Andy was born in West Wales.
He did a three year apprenticeship in Pembroke as a production potter, 1981 , and moved on to do glaze chemistry and clay technology at Carmarthen Art School Jobswellroad. At this point Andy discovered his interest in Raku Ceramics.
He soon became known for the precicion of his thrown work and combined the precise classsical shapes of his thrown work with the randomness and spontaneity of the glazed effect wich is inherent in the process of Raku firing. In 1990 he opened his own gallery.
Monique Robben was born in The Hague, the Netherlands. Graduated in Textiles and Fashion at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 1984.
Working for the council of The Hague making paintings for their educational exhibitions, giving painting lessons for more then 20 years, she now paints full time.
She is passionate about painting, specifically seascapes and clouds. Over the years she developed a semi abstract style. Using the palette knife often to achieve a mix between tranquility and a textured image.
Since she moved to the UK and became a couple with Andy Sheppard, next to painting, she started to work with Andy making ceramic sculptures in raku firing techniques.
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