New work by Martin Pearce, Paul Wearing and Rachel Wood
‘The excitement of creating shape, line and volume is the driving force behind my work. Conjuring emotion and power simply by enclosing empty space is a startling thing to do. Inevitably, abstract forms attract interpretation; my pieces seem to provoke associations with landscape and bio-morphism. However, I discover a form through a process of continual experimentation, following the logic and language of the form. I enjoy the unpredictable nature of hand-built sculptural forms and the way that a form changes as you move around a piece, following the movement of space around and through a work.
From my studio in the depths of East Sussex, I build my pieces using coils and straps of stoneware clays, finished with layers of slips and modified glazes, to give a quiet sense of depth and ease to the surface.’
‘Textures that manifest naturally on surfaces within diverse urban and rural landscapes, are fundamental to my practice. I express my relationship to these through the glazed surface and ceramic sculptural vessel form. It is the correlation between the slower emerging life cycles of nature and the making process leading to alchemical developments within the kiln that underpins my work: a dialogue between the hand-made and manifestations of nature.’
Rachel Wood studied ceramics at Loughborough University. She uses a combination of throwing and hand building techniques, which create highly textured, tactile and energetic surfaces. The conical bowls are inspired by the natural landscape and her response to that. They are pinched and coiled, swathed with layers of slips and glaze, and then electric fired. Tool marks, finger marks, fissures and cracks are an integral part of each pot’s character. The Australian bush inspires the vertical forms, Bark vessels, after a recent residency there.
Anna Lambert makes hand built earthenware vessels. Each unique piece is constructed by coiling, pinching and manipulating the soft clay. Later, the leather hard clay is scraped back and worked on with coloured slips, drawn and relief printed images and modelling, before glazing with subtle under glaze colours. Anna’s work is a response to her natural surroundings – hence bird’s nest bowls and twig candlesticks. Each piece works as a sculptural object in its own right, whether put to domestic use or not.
‘The ceramic pieces that I love are the most fundamental of forms, and most of my recent work is based on just two. Vessels to drink from are surely among the most intimate objects that we use. They can add pleasure to routine daily moments or they can be part of a celebration. Bowls are elemental, forms for sharing, which at their best are open and generous. They can be tiny and fragile or rugged and monumental in scale. I use one clay, one colouring material, and a single firing, believing that focusing on a simple process can produce work of complexity and depth.’
Robin Welch is one of the most highly respected contemporary British potters.
He is in his 80's now still making some of his finest pieces.
His one off pots are thrown with either hand built or further thrown sections joined in. They are covered in white slip before being biscuit fired followed by being fired several times using variety of glazes, lustres and enamels.
The recent work is inspired by the outback landscape of Australia which he has visited several times.
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