Collections and groups of objects are central to Elaine's practice. As a collection, these objects begin to develop connections between them and with the space they occupy. Well we think they will be joining our collection and are pleased to be able to offer Elaine's work.
In 2014, Elaine took part in the HotHouse programme run by The Craft Council. This has enabled her to take massive steps forward in her development, bringing a new value to her work whilst retaining her unique fingerprint and style. We are delighted to welcome Elaine back to Bils & Rye!
Elaine explains a little about herself, her work and her motivations
"Objects can tell stories. At times the narrative may be clear and overt, at other times, intangible or obscured. I aim to evoke this sense of narrative through the ceramic objects I make and arrange. Collections and groups of objects are central to my practice. As a collection, these objects begin to develop connections between them and with the space they occupy.
My current work features vessels with rounded shapes and soft, inviting forms, whilst dark, semi-enclosed interiors offer a secluded, private space. My vessels present strong contrasts in light and dark, emphasising the interior and exterior, through the use of varying finishes, textures and clays. The vessels are thrown on the wheel using porcelain and terracotta, then reduction fired in a gas kiln creating a subtlety of tone in the pale celadon glazes, and the dark matt tones of the terracotta.
Alongside the vessels, I create ambiguous objects in ceramic and mixed-media; their forms suggesting obscure domestic functions. In groupings that hint at museum artifacts or ‘found objects’ they can imply a hidden past, or allow the viewer to contribute their own meaning.
I graduated in 2012 with an MA in Contemporary Crafts: Ceramics (Distinction) and work from my studio in Sussex."