Gwen Bainbridge and Alison Ogden

BOX GALLERY, | 04/08/2012 : 02/09/2012

By richardhatfield |

Both ceramicists work with porcelain and intricately decorate their work using different techniques.  Inspiration comes from different sources, but their work has a good relationship. Alison first started working with porcelain whist studying at Rochdale college of Art.  From her small garden studio in Carlisle, Cumbria, Alison produces a charming range of fine porcelain ceramics.  The range includes cups and saucers, mugs, bowls and vases, framed porcelain illustrations and porcelain with silver jewellery.  For this joint show Alison is showing a selection of her decorative yet functional ceramics.

The selection is slip cast and then individually hand manipulated to create a unique pot every time.  The craze free glaze, especially developed for Alison by her husband produces highly durable dishwasher-safe ware.

Gwen’s ceramics act as her three dimensional scrapbook, as she draws inspiration from her memories of childhood.  She’s an avid collector of all things old seen at museums or found at antique fairs.  She’s always on the look out for inspiration.

After growing up in Cumbria on a rural farm, where the woman’s place was in the home Gwen’s nostalgia for this period of time is echoed in this work.

Rather than a direct reference to the natural world Gwen prefers to explore the work of other craftsmen of the past who themselves might have once been inspired by nature.  Appreciating the finery of the costumes of previous eras, with their lavish embroidery and the distinctive qualities of their design these elements are all shown through the detail on the ceramics.  Porcelain and bone china lend themselves perfectly to this amount of detail, receiving imprints and markings.

 

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