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SUE TURNER

I have always been a maker and for over 20 years now, since completing a fine art ceramics degree, I have both taught and developed my own ceramic practice.

Recent work is inspired by the landscape I inhabit and walk daily around my home, high on the moor tops above the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. It offers a response to familiar footpaths, textures, forms and views, absorbed over a period of 35 years. The rocky, grainy surface of moorland paths, the imagined strata lying beneath and the ever changing expansive views inform the work.

There seems to be a physicality about this body of work which includes the initial act of walking, perhaps connecting with the previous steps of others which leave direct marks visible in the landscape by way of paths and way markers. The materials used in the work come from the earth that is walked including clays, grits, gravels and minerals. The work is hand built using a process of combining different clay bodies. Colour and texture are created by additions to the clays offering a varied surface texture. Clays not usually put together are joined as coils or fragments and a high stoneware firing adds its own often unexpected results. Blisters, warping, cracks and fissures are embraced as contributions from the kiln!

I am a studio holder with Northlight Art Studios and member of the Northern Potters Association. Work is exhibited regularly in a range of Northern galleries and venues.

Handbuilt ceramics reflecting colours, shapes and textures of the local moorland landscape.

NORTHLIGHT ART STUDIOS
Hebden Bridge

Phone: 07804 616206
Email: suewickenhill@btinternet.com
Website: www.sueturnerceramics.uk

I have always been a maker and for over 20 years now, since completing a fine art ceramics degree, I have both taught and developed my own ceramic practice.

Recent work is inspired by the landscape I inhabit and walk daily around my home, high on the moor tops above the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. It offers a response to familiar footpaths, textures, forms and views, absorbed over a period of 35 years. The rocky, grainy surface of moorland paths, the imagined strata lying beneath and the ever changing expansive views inform the work.

There seems to be a physicality about this body of work which includes the initial act of walking, perhaps connecting with the previous steps of others which leave direct marks visible in the landscape by way of paths and way markers. The materials used in the work come from the earth that is walked including clays, grits, gravels and minerals. The work is hand built using a process of combining different clay bodies. Colour and texture are created by additions to the clays offering a varied surface texture. Clays not usually put together are joined as coils or fragments and a high stoneware firing adds its own often unexpected results. Blisters, warping, cracks and fissures are embraced as contributions from the kiln!

I am a studio holder with Northlight Art Studios and member of the Northern Potters Association. Work is exhibited regularly in a range of Northern galleries and venues.