Penny Withers

BOX GALLERY, | 07/05/2016 : 05/06/2016

By richardhatfield |

Penny Withers is a professional ceramist with a studio in Sheffield. She has spent a long time discovering and experimenting with throwing skills; composing on the wheel and constructing forms from thrown slabs.  She enjoys the velocity of throwing and the residual energy it produces in the finished piece. The springiness in a thrown slab makes it strong and able to hold a shape to convey dynamism.

Sculptural pieces are finished in monochrome satin glazes which reflect light, softly revealing form. Complementary layers of glazes are dipped, sprayed or poured over each other and fired in either oxidising or reduction kilns. By observing the way that glazes react with each other she suggests landscapes; mountains, lakes, clouds. The vessel forms allow for the inclusion of natural plants and flower arrangements. These add elements such as shoreline reeds or scrub weeds (for example) to the overall composition. Penny is constantly developing an expressive repertoire of minerals, oxides and firing techniques to create visual references to the natural world.

“I feel the connection that reaffirms my place as a being in a world of physical laws and raw materials as a compelling alchemy in the forming, glazing and firing of ceramics. The more I learn the more there is still to know.”

 

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Ropewalk Printmakers Keith Charlton, Janet Cox, Tim Needham, Jane Parker, Veronica Pettifer, Jan Stead, Sue Stephenson, Nic Stoker and Gordon Williams and have all produced print editions measuring 20cm x 20cm for the project.

The display also includes a selection of prints from the 415 artists that have taken part both nationally and internationally, including prints from Moscow and Hong Kong and the United States.

The Print Exchange started in 2009 with 10 artists from Salford exchanging prints with counterparts in Southampton.  Since then, more than 133,000 prints have been created especially and exchanged. For more information on the 20:20 Print Exchange go to www.2020printexchange.com

All the prints are for sale. If you are interested in print making, then check out www.ropewalkprintworkshop.org.uk

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