Artist’s statement

I had to write my artist’s statement today to enter a show, and I found it quite a challenge; how do you verbalize what is essentially a a physical object made to symbolise an emotion, a dream or a state of mind.

But here goes.

Artist’s Statement

Clay is my medium for exploring dreams and myths, fairytales and everyday occurrences.
I go to my studio with an empty mindset, intent on stalking mystery and myth. I’m looking for stories to tell. It may take me a while to get into the rhythm of the story that comes to me, but when I do, I’m on a roll; the universe speaks through my fingers!
Some of my inspiration comes from dreams and inner journeys. My series of Mythological Shrines is an example of such explorations.

Phoenix Shrine

This is the Phoenix Shrine
Pheasant Shrine_edited_2

…and this shrine is dedicated to the Pheasant.

Making my torsos, I celebrate the Great Goddess in her various forms again and again, tracing plants, animals, birds and insects onto her skin.
reduced size again

My work is hand built using a mixture of press-moulding, slab building, carving and coiling techniques. I often use smoke firing techniques to paint the surface of unglazed work or add an extra glow to glazes. I also use bronze and copper effect finishes.


About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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4 Responses to Artist’s statement

  1. Al says:

    I think that is an excellent statement


  2. roma1912 says:

    You have summed it up perfectly


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