Small hand-sized pinched form decorated with a volcanic and variegated glaze. A multi-facetted form this can be stood on its end or displayed horizontally and is full of tactile goodness. This is one of a series of hand-held sculptural forms providing both a feast for the eyes and the hand – more to be added shortly!
8 × 8 × 12 cm
The only care this will need is occasional dusting or running under the tap to clean.
These small sculptures grew out of the observation that if you have a lump of clay in your hand it is impossible not to play with it. I wanted to see how far I could push the clay by pinching it out and allowing it to “do its own thing” whilst ostensibly just playing with a lump of clay. Pinching the “fins” without trying to exercise control over the clay in fact requires a good understanding of the material and when to stop. This organic process of making produces forms that themselves feel organic, as if they naturally grew that way and might actually take off under their own steam. The spontaneous rhythm of the curves and the delicate edges create both a visual and tactile delight. They are also a nod to the sculptor Naum Gabo who created handheld sculptures as gifts and talismans.
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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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