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Black glazed stoneware

H. 7 x dia. 8 cm



About Tana West

"My practice and research methods are mobile, the process of making work begins with a journey, the path it takes is contingent on what is found and can be transported. Like a present-day hunter gather in search of materials, I have collected and used estuarine mud, excavated clay, brick, and rock fragments to make glazes and clay bodies which are regionally specific. I am semi-scientific in approach, experimental and with a certain acceptance of uncertainty, this way of working allows for materials to express their vibrancy. I also appreciate ceramic objects’ abilities for deception, it can pretend to be other things but is ultimately always ceramic with all that entails. The materiality of ceramics has a wide vocabulary: ideas, making and objects weave together to navigate contemporary concerns."



Tana West, works predominantly with ceramic processes, using the language of ceramic materials and object making to connect with social, political, and historical contexts. Tana Studied sculpture at Central St Martins, completing her MA at the Royal College of Art in Ceramics and Glass in 2014.


Tana has been involved with several place specific and collaborative projects including investigating apple culture in Somerset, wading into the mud with environmental historians examining our relationship to water, and for the Brownfield research Centre, West brought to light reclamation and renewal by surveying the soil of planned and unplanned green spaces within the city and investigating the process by which a brownfield site could be rewilded.


In 2017 West won the Award at the British Ceramics Biennial for her [UN]WOVEN project, made with the help of a distributed online community across borders sending clayey soil in a variety of ad hoc receptacles, she was selected for Jerwood makers Open in 2019, making ‘Through a Glass Darkly’ a black ceramic hall of mirrors and for the Whitegold International Ceramics Prize, West created a 6-metre panorama depicting St Austell’s clay country, made using waste materials from china clay extraction and locally sourced imagery.

Ceci n'est pas une pomme | H. 7 cm | By Tana West

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