Small bowl with gills, the piece is formed by pressmoulding the basic shape adding pinched gills. It is glazed with a satin matte white glaze and fired to 1260C in an electric kiln.
16 × 16 × 9 cm
Run under the tap to clean. Not dishwasher safe.
The series of “gilled” forms started by looking at organic forms in nature, specifically hidden or less visible forms. This might be something seen under the microscope or in the undergrowth. Gill-like growths are everywhere and they are beautiful! I wanted to capture this in my art. This piece is pared back, controlled and the plain white glaze emphasises the form. At the same time, it is a comfortable size, fitting nicely in the hands. As well as being a visual delight, it is intriguing to hold and explore with the hands. It is a form I enjoy exploring and developing with variations.
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A ceramic designer and maker working from her studio in Sheffield, Sarah creates sensuous, tactile and intriguing hand-held sculptures, table top centrepieces and wall-mounted work inspired by hidden forms in nature. Each piece is individually handmade using techniques of slabbing, press-moulding and pinching. Through the meditative creation of the repeated “gills” which encompass the forms, the clay is pushed to its limits; the making process imitates the rhythm and pattern of growth, demonstrating control of the material, whilst also leaving the trace of movement, like imprints in the sand.
The structure is pared back, the glazing restrained, revealing form. Light playing across the forms adds to the sense of movement. Suggestive of bone, coral or the seaside, the work fascinates and inspires, evoking memories to draw the viewer in to touch, to wonder, to connect.
Sarah works in series; however, as in nature, each piece is individually unique.
Work is high-fired to stoneware in an electric kiln.
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