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2018

Ceramic

Unique Work

Dimensions: 6cm (H) x 37cm (W) x 7cm (D) / 2.4" (H) x 14.6" (W) x 2.8" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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This piece is about the clay; its pliable, immediate qualities. Like a photograph capturing a ‘frozen moment’ this material when fired fixes forever a gesture, an impression. As with all my work, it is hand built solid. I cut, squeeze, pinch and hit the clay body to achieve the desired form, working instinctively and in the moment.
The form alludes to the built environment but deliberately avoids explicit references. In pushing the material to its limits my wish is to explore three dimensional shapes and movement while retaining a real sense of the qualities of clay. How the light interacts with a piece is an important factor in the presentation of the work. Although my work has no prescribed narrative, there is a meditative quality. I often work in small series, developing ideas between pieces as in a dialogue. Mark making then connects these series, as do the spaces between them.
The heavily grogged clay body is coloured when wet using small percentages of coloured body stains and then fired over several days in an electric kiln to 1285c. These 3 pieces are sold as a set (not as separate pieces).

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Born: 1967

Hometown: Wigan

Based in: Wigan, UK

I attended St Helens School of Art (where I won 'Student of the Year'), followed by Manchester Metropolitan University (3-dimensional design). In 2009 I gained a Distinction in MA in Ceramics (tutor David Binns) at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. Professional Membership of the CPA followed in 2012. Exhibiting widely in the UK has included at Galerie Besson, London, The Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Contemporary Ceramics, London. I will be exhibiting at Ceramic Art London in 2021 (postponed from 2020).

Exhibitions beyond the UK include: Australia, Spain, Hungary, Romania and Japan where I gained an ‘Honorable Mention’ at MINO in 2014. Awarded ‘The Land of Pottery’ 2nd prize at the Mallorcan Ceramics Biennale. My work is in several international collections.

My work is about the clay; its pliable, immediate qualities. Like a photograph capturing a ‘frozen moment’ this material when fired fixes forever a gesture, an impression. All my work is hand built solid and the marks are created by impressing found objects, their origins occasionally hinted at. I work in two separate clays; Parian porcelain and stoneware. I cut, squeeze and hit the clay body to achieve the desired form, working instinctively and in the moment.

The forms allude to the built environment but deliberately avoids explicit references. In pushing the material to its limits my wish is to explore three dimensional shapes and movement while retaining a real sense of the qualities of clay. How the light interacts with a piece is an important factor in the presentation of the work. Although my work has no prescribed narrative, there is a meditative quality.

The heavily grogged stoneware clay body is coloured when wet using small percentages of coloured body stains and then fired over several days in an electric kiln to 1285c. The Parian porcelain is also fired very slowly but to a slightly lower temperature.


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