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02: GALLERY : Sculpture & Ceramics:

My sculptures are derived directly from the landscape, and are often a fusion of raku ceramics, willow and wood constructions, and 'found' objects.

Raku is a particularly 'elemental' way of working with clay, in its use of earth from the ground, fire and smoke to bake the clay and work the glazes, and water to create the cracks and crackles on the surfaces like water does on the earth from which the clay originally came.

Wall Spirals Raku Ceramics
Mirror Spiral
Raku Landscape

Willow grows readily out of this earth, changing the minerals into vegetable wood fibre and leaves, that in turn, draw the energy from our sun back into the earth. Willow is a very flexible material and can be made into as many different forms as the human hand is capable of bending it into. Combining it with other flexible materials means the variety of lines, shapes and forms that are possible, is infinite.

All materials have this potential : to be changed from what they are into what we need them to do, and this is the nature of human activity : we can see potential and possibilities that leads to a 'hmm, that's interesting' response, rather than to a 'Eureka - I have it!' response.

Hillesoya Beach Time Triangles Samaria Totem
Hillesoya Beach
Time Triangles :365Sculptures for a Year
Samaria Totem

'Found Objects' live two lives. In one context - stones, leaves, twigs, shells, grass-heads etc, they are completely without value in the monetary sense. Unless they are diamonds they are so common, they are worthless; and this is how we find them. The fact that we bend down and pick them up at all is remarkable, because they will exist whether we exist or not. The fact that we DO exist and these objects have some significance for us that we can identify with, gives them another kind of value beyond that of money.

Stones on a beach, a spike of rusting metal hammered into a crack, a twisted root gripping to a boulder, a clump of sedge grass on the edge of a bog, or a white bone against black soil may have all the lines, shapes, tones, colours, and textures that we have ever been looking for.

It is when these are found, identified with, chosen, picked up, and used (particularly in places that may have some special personal meaning for us) that they lose their insignificance and become unique and priceless. So the 'viewer' sees only a piece of sculpture, but the 'creator' sees and feels the whole range of senses, memories and emotions that led to the creation of that piece and the object within it.