Guest artists - CERAMICS
Susan Luker studied ceramics at Plymouth College of Art, where she fell in love with the pyrotechnics of Raku. There, she developed her own unique style: handbuilt sculptural ceramics, burnished, incorporation a river of copper and using resist slips and glazes.
Her newest work, displayed at the Tidal Gallery, departs from her original style. Still handbuilding her pots using slabs of white stoneware clay, this time she is pushing the boundaries of the material by challenging the glazing and painting process firing several times and applying multiple layers and techniques.
Sue has been exhibiting her work since 1999 and has been an elected member of the Devon Guild of Craftmenship and the Craft Potters Association since 200. She has also had extensive experience teaching her craft.
Sally has been working with clay for over 20 years since studying Ceramics at Middlesex University, where she also took a module in glass. She was taught by some of the UK’s leading ceramicists, Mo Jupp, Emmanuel Cooper and Kate Malone. Sally currently works with white earthenware clay and adds fritted glass in the second glaze firing. The glass colours change in the firing so the extensive testing of the glass developed throughout her career allows her to ‘paint’ blind but with a clear idea of the results.
She works with the contrasts that these two elements to create - the dry textured clay and the fluidity, transparency and depth of colour of the molten glass. Her work is a storyboard - connecting with evocative memories, allowing the viewer to revisit a treasured location, emotion or experience.
Local artist and ceramicist Jane Gabbatiss is inspired by all things natural. Jane studied at Hornsey College of Art and taught in north London before focusing on producing ceramic pieces for galleries in London and Scotland. Most recently Jane has worked with the Sanctuary Pottery, a mental health charity, where the aim is to work creatively and positively with residents suffering with mental illness or in recovery. She still continues to create for galleries and exhibitions and now exhibits all across the South Hams.