H. 28 x dia. 17 cm
About Annabel Roberts
"I am a hand builder making ceramic vessels and containers that reference landscapes and weathered stone. I like my pieces to reveal different surfaces and textures and much of my inspiration is gathered from my daily walks around my studio. Coiling is a slow process and this is central to how my work and ideas are resolved."
Annabel Roberts gained a BA in Ceramics from Camberwell College of Art in 1995. She now works from her studio in Chiddingfold, Surrey.
When did you first work with clay?
A: I first worked with clay on my foundation course at Camberwell College of Art. I loved it’s immediacy and versatility and I went on to do my degree at Camberwell in the 1990s.
Do you focus on one piece at a time or move between many?
A: I usually work in small series of pieces and I’ll have 3 or 4 vessels on the go at one time. I hand build by coiling the clay which is a slow and thoughtful process and it’s helpful to be able to work on one pot while another is drying off. It also helps me to refine a shape and form by working on a family of pieces at once, it gives me thinking time.
What are you thinking about when you start making a piece?
A: I’ll have an idea of the kind of shape I want to build before I start, but often the clay (and my hands) might take it in another direction and I always listen. I love the feeling of work evolving.
What's your main source of inspiration?
A: A lot of my inspiration comes from the landscape and things around me. My studio is located on the family farm and I’m surrounded by lovely textures such as old brickwork, peeling paint on metal and similar eroded surfaces. My studio shelves are scattered with accumulated collections of found fossils, interesting beach pebbles and rocks.
How important is functionality to your work?
A: I like my pieces to be capable of function even if they aren’t used for function.
How do you know when a piece is complete?
A: Vessels are often put back in the kiln for additional glaze firings if I haven’t quite got the surface I want. If I’m not sure if a piece is finished I’ll let it sit in the studio for a while and let it mature in the corner of my eye! After a week or two I usually know what I want to do with it.
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