Clare Conrad’s work is an exploration of colour and texture inspired by the effects of light and ageing on architecture, artefacts and landscape. Her technique of layering vitreous slip onto wheel-thrown vessels, vases and bowls creates a rugged texture, which contrasts with the satin-matt glaze on the inside.
Clare studied ceramics at the University of the West of England, receiving a BA(Hons) in 1987. During her degree she began to experiment with techniques to reproduce the peeling walls and sun-faded colours of Venice and the Mediterranean, an area that has inspired her ever since.
“In my work I try to capture the poignant beauty and drama of weathering and corrosion – the point of balance between existence and decay; latterly extended to include dramatic sea and landscape. I find the vessel form the most satisfying to use and I enjoy the traditional method of wheel-throwing, which adds to the sense of capturing time. I like the simplicity and elegance of form achievable with throwing-ribs to eliminate finger ridges.” – Clare Conrad