C L A R E P A L M E R
'I create work which explores the contradiction between the veneers of order and control we show to the world; and the private realities that lie hidden beneath the surface. This results in pieces which often have a contrast of clean, curved forms with rawness and brokenness.
'I craft my one-off sculptures and vessels in a variety of stoneware and porcelain clays, using a combination of techniques: throwing forms to cut, join and distort; and slab-building with organic-textured clay.
'My body of glazes creates a quiet palette – enhanced by the incorporation of engobes and oxides to create subtle variations of tone and colour. Clare Palmer worked in advertising for 10 years whilst spending her evenings pursuing her genuine passing in life of clay. She embarked on her formal ceramics education at City Lit in 2015 and on graduating in 2017 has focused on developing and exhibiting her work - including selection for the ING Discerning Eye exhibition 2020.
My work explores the contradiction between the veneers of order and control we show to the world and the private realities that lie hidden beneath the surface. As a result, contrasting aesthetics tend to co-exist in my work: organic, fluid forms; rawness and brokenness; clean, controlled curves.
Having experienced anxiety and depression at times in my life, I feel fortunate to have found work which I not only love, but has without doubt been a powerful therapy as a means of processing and expressing suppressed thoughts and feelings.
My practice is one of ‘controlled spontaneity’. I don’t sketch much or plan in detail. I start with writing about experiences and then work directly with the clay, letting the ideas lead the work.
In this collection I have used stoneware and porcelain clays, hand-building the pieces with textured slabs. Surfaces are enhanced with oxides and engobes - and sometimes glaze - to create variations of tone and colour and bring out certain textures of the forms.
I worked in advertising for 10 years - whilst spending my evenings pursuing my genuine passion of clay - before finally taking the plunge and formalising my ceramic education on the Ceramics Diploma at City Lit.
I have exhibited at shows and galleries in the UK, most recently at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.
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