Sea Sculpture | By Katie Iacovou
H. 13.5 x W. 6 cm
About Katie Iacovou
Katie’s organic forms and vessels are very much inspired by the Cornish coastline and she's particularly motivated by the textures that nature provides. The rugged cliff tops are a constant source of inspiration, providing marks, patterns and colour such as rust and corrosion. It’s the sea moss and kelp that sweeps across the rocks as the waves sway in and out that captures her attention, including shellfish and barnacles that cling fiercely onto the rock surfaces and metal that's found embedded in the cliff's structure. This is Katie’s constant source of inspiration and it’s this deep love for Cornwall that constantly pulls her away from the city.
All of this is reflected in the glazes that Katie uses, often experimenting and layering glazes to achieve interesting results. Occasionally found objects make their way into her work such as driftwood and metal, which are usually collected from the beach. Katie thrives on the juxtaposition of the natural and man made world and is very much influenced, from a young age, by Barbara Hepworth. It’s Hepworth’s organic forms combined with wire that may subconsciously represent the two worlds that Katie chooses to live in, splitting her time between the city and the coast.
Katie’s work is often described as sculptural and are unique one-off pieces. All of the work is predominantly made with stoneware clay, using a combination of glazes, oxides and occasionally slips. Various methods are used such as coiling, the use of moulds and throwing. All pieces are high fired at 1260.
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