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Artwork for Kathy Priddis

Grains jar, local clay glaze

Mordiford Mill

Welsh Ponies near Llyn Crafnant

Rhossili Bay

Poppy Field near Ross

Meadow Green salt pot

Blue Lias vase

Chun planter with feet

Details

Telephone: 
07436 540949
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I chiefly work on the wheel and I aim to make full-bodied pots which closely relate to natural forms, and which harmonise with my organic glazes. These are made from dug clays from Herefordshire, the Forest and the upper reaches of the Severn Estuary, combined with my own interactive celadons, inspired by 16th Century Korean refugee potters in Japan. I decorate with oxides, wax, impressed designs or leaf resist, especially English oak, and I often incorporate animal or human figurines as knobs.
I paint figuratively on canvas or heavy paper with acrylics and oils, using keyed-up earth colours. For me, the artistic experience is a profoundly spiritual encounter with what I see and touch, thus an intuitive harmony exists between my interpretation of the mood of the landscape and my choice of colours.
My practice is firstly to absorb the present moment, to immerse myself in it, sketching and photographing the scene from may viewpoints, watching how weather patterns change to affect the play of light around solid forms, making them more diffuse. At home I configure the salient elements within the composition and plan it out with broad washes of solid colour. Then comes the making, the constant handling of brushes, obeying colour combinations, creating the illusion of 3-dimensional forms on a 2-dimensional surface. Regularly standing back to contemplate, to perceive the whole. I work on canvas or heavy paper using acrylics, oils, watercolour and pastels, and the earth colours of my palette are similar to my glaze colours.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

For me, the experience of being an artist means having a close encounter with the environment, either above or below ground.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I have been a painter and potter for many years. I make oxidised stoneware for everyday use at accessible prices and I paint local scenes.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I make pottery in a cabin in our garden and paint in my attic studio. I offer personal tuition by arrangement, both in clay work, (particularly thrown but also slab pots), and individual or small group painting and drawing sessions.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

B.Ed Hons Roehampton Institute - at college I studied ceramics with Harry Stringer and David Leach, who taught me the science of glaze-making and inspired me to use organic material rather than chemicals.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

5 exhibitions of pottery and painting here at my studio and in my workshop
2 separate exhibitions to raise funds for Afghanistan

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Brown Hen Gallery, New Radnor;
The Kilpeck Inn, Herefordshire.

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