Sue Hanna and Antonia Salmon are both renowned for their ceramic sculptures, their individual careers have lead their works to be displayed, and held in collections, across the UK and internationally. Together their pieces are both unfamiliar and comforting with strong shapes, smoke fired surfaces and deliciously smooth edges a running theme throughout this striking collection.
Antonia often explores the themes of containment and holding while other works explore the roles of dynamism and stillness within one form. The pieces in this exhibition have been inspired by the poetry of Charles Causley, a Cornish Poet, who captured the spirit of the landscape, and the energy of the elemental world.
“Many of the works are handbuilt, using coiling, pinching and mould making. The forms are carefully honed to their final form, hand burnished and smoke fired. I hope that people will find a depth and mystery beyond words in the sculptures.” – Antonia Salmon
Sue cites her interest in the visceral connection between nature, tribal art and fire.
“My recent work is concerned with exploring the figure in the abstract and objects decorated with geometric symbols and rhythmic patterns present in African art.” – Sue Hanna
Having recently invested in a new, larger, kiln this exhibition will feature work from Sue that is on a greater scale than you may have seen before. Locally sourced clay has also been introduced into her existing decorating process, forming a variety of slips for the outer-surfaces of her work.
Together their works display the depth that comes with drawing inspiration from beyond your own experience. With a sense of timelessness, this collection invites the observer to enjoy the contrasting surfaces of each piece and the presence within their simplicity.
Ashley Howard is an award winning ceramic artist and dedicated teacher creating porcelain vessels informed by Far-Eastern and homespun pottery traditions.
Matthew Chambers is an internationally recognised ceramic artist creating mesmerising sculptures that draw the eye into the deepest depth of each piece.