21st October 2021 – 23rd January 2022
Preview Saturday 23rd October 2021
XMAS Open studios – Saturday 13th November 2021
Sarah Louise Hawkins
Lives and works in Manchester, United Kingdom.
She is an artist making sharp-edged and precise abstract works exploring the spatial and optical capacities of colour, shape, pattern and surface. The work is always non-representational and often self-referential. Shapes and patterns from one work will inform and inspire the composition of the next. This symbiotic relationship sees patterns, colours and forms appearing and transforming in a multitude of ways across painting, sculpture and drawing.
The work explores the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather, time and farming. The bowls act as a canvas for paintings that distil specific landscape scenes, perceptibly altering the size, depth and shape of the form by the applied colour. The forms can be made to seem wider or narrower, deeper or shallower, heavier or lighter, or they may appear to undulate, bend, move or hover by the juxtaposition of finer lines. The viewing of both inner and outer surfaces together enables me to exploit colour connections and visual play from one side to another, emphasising or flattening the dimensionality of the form.
The pieces are hand thrown and turned, the movement of the wheel often reflected in the slight asymmetry of the form. The lines are applied by returning the bisque fired bowl to the wheel and painted with ceramic colour by hand. A matt glaze is then applied to stabilize and enhance the coloured surface.
This collection showcases a series of new sculptural ceramics by Adele Howitt inspired by the natural landscape. Notions of the living landscape, abstraction, pollen grains, and natural pattern mark Adele Howitt’s ceramic art. Slab work is twisted and turned to add detailed relief utilising traditional pottery techniques discovered whilst investigating South Yorkshire Potteries. Her techniques employed include, drawing, hand building, coil / slab building, hand-thrown elements, extruded clay, printing and glazing.