Phoebe is a ceramic artist living and working in Bristol, her studio can be found in Kingswood on Bridge Road, where she runs her own practice along side teaching. Her journey through craft begun whilst studying a degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University where she graduated in 2010. It was here that a love of process and traditional handcrafts were developed and nurtured. A fascination in the process of turning raw materials into new objects of function and beauty is of huge importance in the creation of all her work. It is imperative that a true understanding of the boundaries in which the craft and process exists is maintained at all times.
Post university Phoebe found an increasing interest in more three-dimensional forms drew her to explore ceramics, where in pottery classes she felt a instant affiliation with both material and process. The way in which the creative process meets the utilitarian in functional ceramics drives her work, blurring the boundaries of the precious with the everyday object. Creating elegant forms that are perfect for their intended use in the home.
Phoebe's work is inspired by memories of land, sea and sky. Her connection to the natural environment is visceral, has a sensory impact and is an integral part of her artistic expression. She is less motivated by a desire to express a literal representation of her experience, but rather a sense of the feelings and moods imparted on her by her journeys through English countryside.
Her current body of work draws specifically on memories of summers from her childhood home of North Norfolk, of dusty sunsets, rolling fields, beautiful coast lines and big horizons . It is her hope to that the ethereal quality of mark making and chosen tones combined with the fluid forms she creates make for more than just a visual experience but take on a much more physical presence.
Challenging her understanding and knowledge of her craft is fundamental to the development of Phoebe's work, giving cause to continuously experiment with new forms and explore different glazes resulting in a diverse and exciting product range.
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