Porcelain and earthenware
H 33 x w 18 x d 21 cm
About Diane Griffin
"I create poetic ceramic sculptures composed of contrasting forms and textures. My work is inspired by our human experience in relation to our emotions and the constructs we have evolved to manage them. This interest began during a trip to Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall when I was 19 years old. Here I was fascinated by the hum of prayers being spoken to the stone wall and the thousands of messages left at this historic site. I observed how people were using this ritual to come together to connect with their spiritual selves and each other as well as a higher power."
"Religions and cultures across the world have used the elements of the natural world in ceremonies and rituals for millennia and it is this connection that has inspired my latest series of works. The series is called Ego Sum Terra ( I am Earth), which explores the spiritual relationship we humans have with our world. We rely on nature for our existence, our physical, mental and spiritual well being. Humans and nature, we are essentially as one."
"My Ego Sum Terra (I am Earth) series focuses on the blurring of this boundary. Organic earthy forms combine with ones more ordered and refined. Repeated layers of delicate porcelain sheets merge with and emerge from textured and cracking surfaces blending into one united piece."
Born and raised in London, Diane Griffin graduated with Ceramics B.A.Hons in 1988 and has worked in ceramics ever since. She has many years of teaching experience but committed full time to her artistic practice in 2015 and works from her studio in Northamptonshire.
“It was during my foundation course in the 1980’s that I fell in love with clay. It lit me up, and my life long passion began. Initially I was drawn to how immediate, tactile and responsive it was, but it was during my degree at Farnham that I discovered how truly versatile clay is as a creative medium for artistic expression. It still excites me as there are so many possibilities and different methods to explore, with a rich cultural history to look back on and learn from.”
Some of Diane’s earliest memories are of the connection she felt with drawing, painting and creating, but it was during her time at Farnham (now UCA), studying for her ceramics degree that her passion for working in clay became deep-rooted.
Diane moved from London to North Yorkshire where she continued her work with clay and began teaching ceramics while also raising her children. In 2007 she moved to Towcester in Northamptonshire where she set up a much larger studio which has enabled her to expand and develop her practice.
Diane has taken part in many shows and exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at London Art Fair and Collect International Art Fair.
Diane continues to develop her practice and her unique visual language in ceramics and has recently been awarded Selected Membership of CPA and is also now included as a Master Artisan in the Homofaber Guide.
When did you first work clay?
D: Although I had attended a pottery evening class as a child with my mum, I hadn’t considered ceramics as a career until I decided to study it at Farnham. I was on an Art Foundation course at the time, so I spent the last term there working in the ceramics studio building a portfolio with which to apply for the degree. Thankfully I got accepted and my passion for ceramics was ignited.
Do you plan each piece in advance or do they develop intuitively?
D: When beginning a new piece of work, I usually have an idea of what I’m aiming for but then I allow the work to develop intuitively. Each sculpture evolves over time as I respond to what I feel is working. In my final pieces I am looking for a visual balance or impact as well as an emotional connection.
Can you tell us more about the work featured in our Winter Exhibition?
D: The sculptures presented in this exhibition are from my ‘Ego Sum Terra ( I am Earth)’ series. Inspired by our use of rituals and ceremonies that help us connect with each other, our deeper selves and higher powers. Religions and cultures across the world have used the elements of the natural world in ceremonies and rituals for millennia. There is a deep primal connection that we feel to nature which is integral to our wellbeing and existence. Essentially, we are nature.
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