Abbie Gardiner, working in Ceramics

I believe that any object has the potential to enhance the experience of those who see, touch or make use of it. My current focus is on creating ceramics that celebrate both purposeful pottery and beautiful form and surface. I want to blur the boundaries between function and sculpture. I feel that each piece must be practical and effective in its everyday application, bring pleasure to those who see and handle it and celebrate the value of shared experiences – eating, drinking, baking, planting, playing – through their opportunities for communal use. I hand-build ceramic objects with locally sourced black and grey stoneware and white porcelain grogged clay bodies, using variations of techniques such as pinch potting, slab building and casting. I enjoy the alchemy of experimenting with unlikely materials during the making and firing processes and like to enhance the forms I make by exploring different shapes and surfaces in my work. I am fortunate to be surrounded by the wild environments of Dartmoor and the Devon and Cornwall coasts and am inspired and informed by this both on a macro scale experiencing the colour and texture of the seasonal landscapes and changeable weathers and on a micro scale in the patterns and forms of cellular structures, tiny plants, mosses and grasses. I record these interests in a number of ways, through research, photography, drawing, painting, casting in plaster and creating assemblages of natural and man-made found objects that have been discarded, lost or over-looked. Visitors are always welcome to my studio shed to take a look at my work, ask questions and have a chat. Please contact me to arrange a suitable date and time.

07766 446025


Gallery of work, examples