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Faith Mowbray
London, UK

"I’m led by the material qualities of clay, starting with the patterns which form on the surface of my slip bucket. I’ve tried to find new ways to capture qualities of clay in its different states from liquid slip to dried out rubble. Those experiments are always the starting point for the things I make."


"For this exhibition, I experimented with processes that make the fired objects feel alive. Piping and twisting clay makes it writhe of its own accord and when you pinch it, it curls. In the high temperatures of the kiln, stalks wriggle further and petals and leaves and slightly unfurl."

 

 

"I’m always looking at 18th century porcelain and its qualities of lightness, frivolity, novelty and a thrill in technical innovation. I thought about that decorative tradition of idealised flowers which are almost fairytale-like and spring wildly from flat planes into three dimensions. The people who made them were experts in the way the human eye finds visual comfort in rhythm and pattern, then relishes its disruption."

Having always drawn and made things, Faith Mowbray started working in ceramics via membership studios. In 2021 she finished an HND in Ceramics at Morley College and now works from The Clay Garden Studio in Hammersmith, London.
 

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'Leaf Jar', stoneware, h. 26 x dia. 30 cm

Gallery Collection

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