Two examples of my recent pieces of sculpture will be on show at the ‘Art in the Garden’ exhibition this summer in the Sir Harold Hillier Garden in Hampshire, starting on 11th May 2019 and continuing until October.
I have previously had my ceramics shown in this lovely garden and it gave me great pleasure.
The pieces I will be exhibiting are inspired by the seedpods of Japanese Anemones, which I find more fascinating than the actual flowers. The seedpods start off quite firm with a nice pattern. They then open up, expand, and blow away.
To make the sculptures, I first carved the shape by hand in plaster and then made a mould from that shape, before casting clay into the plaster mould. One of the pieces is soda-wood fired and the other is fired in the gas kiln in my Sheffield studio.
Both pieces are designed to be placed outdoors and add interest to a garden environment.
Art in The Garden 2019
Sir Harold Hillier Garden,
One of my new vessels will be in the ‘Shaped from the Earth‘ show that opens at the Millennium Gallery here in Sheffield this Saturday.
I am happy to be included in this show and I think it will be interesting. Actually I am excited about Saturday when it opens.
The exhibition is curated by Penny Withers, who, like myself, have a studio at Yorkshire Artspace: Persistence Works. The show include some 28 artists who works in ceramics, all based in Sheffield. Now I do know a lot of potters living in this northern city, but 28!
I can hardly wait to see the diversity of all this ceramics. We all have our own approach to the medium and get inspired by different things around us and work in clay can mean so many different things.
I think it is an inspired idea from the Millennium to let a potter choose the pieces for this show of local makers, working in clay.
It could be a little gem! The show is meant to give a picture of what is being made in Sheffield but it will also probably reflect Penny’s approach to pottery/ceramics.
Come and see for yourself, I am sure all the potters will be there on Saturday.