From: 8th July 2023
Until: 23rd September 2023
Denise has been a keen artist since childhood, and has worked in a variety of media over the years. She was first introduced to the possibilities offered by clay while at school, soon graduating from making pinch pots to creating menageries of small animals to take home as presents!
The elephants on show here were inspired by a safari in Botswana.
She as exhibited at galleries and various venues in and around Bristol and is a member of the North Bristol Artists group, Clevedon Arts Club and The Wildlife Art Society International.
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Come and see Denise’s work at Studio 3 Gallery.
I started making ceramics in 1994 as I wanted to learn to throw. I have been hooked ever since. My work is quite diverse but the common factors are that it is still all thrown, mostly stoneware fired and reflects my ongoing interests in experimenting with new techniques, glaze ingredients and textures.
My sgraffito pieces make use of a very matt black slip, which originated as a potential base for a synthetic wood ash glaze, over a white stoneware clay. The designs are generally linear and inspired by sources such as bamboo and in this case a drum from West Africa.
They were originally intended as decorative pieces but they will hold water although I recommend placing them on a mat and not directly on pervious surfaces as they can get condensation forming on them if they have cooled down overnight and then the central heating comes on.
The mugs have a silky white glaze over them to make them which makes them nice to hold (and dishwasher proof)
These are thrown from crank clays and I use various techniques to apply oxides of copper, chrome and manganese. I then use more techniques to apply the glazes in ways which will give rise to many different thicknesses. The interactions between the oxides and glazes give a range of different colours.
I like the fact that a 90o turn of the pot can give a completely different look to each one. Once again although they were originally intended as decorative pieces as they are stoneware fired,they will hold water, although I recommend placing them on a mat and not directly on pervious surfaces as they can get condensation forming on them if they have cooled down overnight and then the central heating comes on
Clouded Sky Blue
Is a glaze that seems to be highly dependent on the clay, the thickness and firing temperature. Where thinnest the underlying clay burns through and with crank this gives an iron orange colour, slightly thicker it gives the sky blue and then where thicker the clouds start to emerge. The work here shows some of my latest trials with this endlessly variable glaze
The Aqua range are my latest focus. Again, based around the black slip which contains manganese and cobalt with a white glaze applied over it. At sufficiently high temperatures the glaze reacts with the oxides in the slips to produce combinations of colours. To achieve this the glaze has to be applied thickly and fired sufficiently hot to give the effect but not so hot that the glaze runs or drips off the pots. These experiments are still a work in progress.
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