Artwork for Gill Tennant-Eyles
Seashore vessel interior
Egg Shell form detail
Wabi Sabi bowl
Wabi Sabi bowl
Egg Shell form
Slipstream wall piece
I make sculptural ceramics and draw my inspiration from nature, especially the wild seashore of Wales. This a dynamic place, full of contrast of colour, pattern and texture.
I am continually excited by the potential of clay, and seek to encourage and emphasise the random effects which are inherent in ceramic processes and materials, and which give an unpredictable and organic character to my work.
My work is hand built using coils and slabs, which I sometimes texture using found objects or by stretching the clay. Some pieces are Raku fired, others have oxides and slips and Chinese glawzes applied before being high fired in a gas reduction kiln.
My work is continually evolving and I am currently exploring the use of terra sigillata, an ancient finish used by the Greeks and Romans.
I came to clay later in life, via a degree in history, and after 30 years as an architect, before discovering ceramics on a Foundation course at Hereford College of Art and Design. Once smitten, I was driven to pursue ceramics further, on a degree course at Wolverhampton University's School of Art and Design. This was an inspiring and experimental time and confirmed my fascination with all things ceramic.
I am a member of the Craft Potters Association and South Wales Potters.
In the past I have exhibited at various galleries including the Bevere gallery in Worcester, the Lion Street Gallery and the Bowey Gallery in Hay on Wye, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent, as well as exhibitions such as Art in the Garden in Hampshire and Parallax in Chelsea. In the current pandemic environment I have participated in local Open Studio events and pop-up exhibitions.