Artwork for Erica Pinney
I love the countryside and the animals that live in it, and it's this love of nature that inspires my work. I trained in textiles so surface decoration is an important aspect of my work.
I make sculptures of animals and decorate the pots I make, either by throwing or slab building the forms. with animal designs. As I was textiles trained, I have a great interest in Medieval woven tapestries, I love the simple shapes of the animals and try to incorporate this in my sculptures.
From an early age, I have drawn and painted and it's a very big part of the person I am. I see pattern and form in my every day surrounding and always think of ways to express my thoughts in cloth or clay.
I am a potter working in stoneware clay which I high fire and decorate with glazes and oxides.
I taught Art and Design in secondary schools for many years and since retiring I have been able to work full time in my pottery. Occasionally I teach workshops for the Monmouth Arts Society in schools and I also teach some workshops for adults.
I trained at Hereford and Loughborough Colleges of Art and design in textiles, then completed a teaching qualification at Hereford college of education. Since falling in love with clay, about 20 years ago, I have developed my pottery skills by attending various evening classes and courses run by fellow potters.
Annually I exhibit my work at Potfest in Penrith.
Charwood Ceramic show in Loughborough.
h Art at Brockhampton and Hoarwithy Churches,
I sell my work at Craft Renaissance Gallery near Usk and The Boat Gallery at Tintern.