Z U L E I K A M E L L U I S H
'A few years ago, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to create a perennial garden from scratch in the foothills of the Cambrian mountains. Making a garden is a long, slow process, and that, combined with its distance from my home in London, means it is an unruly garden untended for long periods of time so that nature takes over: plants self seed and grow where they will, wildlife nests and burrows without bounds. Every visit to the garden has a surprise with something new and unplanned appearing in the beds or lawns or dell. Inevitably this makes me look closely at what is growing, often initially just to identify the plants that have appeared, and then to respond with my own planting by trying to combine with and compliment what is already there. Through these observations I became enchanted with the complexity and detail in the flowers and foliage and have sought to capture both in my ceramics.'
Zuleika Melluish is a London-based ceramicist whose work seeks to describe plants in both their physical form and pictorially whether viewed individually or grouped together. Her pieces are impressed with dried and fresh botanical materials gathered from her garden in Wales, leaving behind startling impressions in the surface of the clay.
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