'The use of clay with its basic connection to the earth, pleases me. The process needed to create a work forces me to slow down and take in the small details, providing a rewarding contrast to the fast technological pace of today's world, often with surprising results. I take inspiration from the sea battered coasts of the UK and Brittany and the bleak landscapes of Cumbria, finding fragments that hint at stories lost in the mists of time.'
Frances had an art college training in graphic design with an interest in printmaking. On leaving college she worked for several years as a freelance designer on corporate projects and designing books before discovering the lure of clay. After twelve years in France she returned to live in Wiltshire and, as her three children grew up, set up her current studio at the beginning of 2013. This gave her much needed space to continue exploring new ideas and directions.
Her recent ceramic work is smoke fired, where the clay has no glaze but takes on markings during the process. Each piece is worked by hand to create the form and the finished surface, which is sometimes burnished with a smooth stone repeatedly as it dries. She fires to a temperature of around 1000ºC and when cool, surrounds the work with sawdust which burns gradually from above, often over several days. The smoke leaves carbonised atmospheric patterns making each piece unique with its own story to tell.
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Member of the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen
Recent exhibitions and events:
2016 Romsey Abbey and Rum's Eg - Dissolution & Revolution
2016 Studio 53 - North Meets South,
2015 Salisbury Art Centre Open Ceramic Exhibition
2015 Salisbury Art Trail - venue 11
2015 Hampshire Open Studios - The Coach House
2015 Brighton Open House - with Sylph Baier
2015 Rum's Eg - Featured 3D Artist
2014 Work at Roche Court Educational Trust, New Art Centre
2014 North and South - Open Studio with Carolyn Marr
2014 Studio 53 - Views and Vessels
2013 Salisbury Art Trail
The smoke fired work is decorative and not suitable for holding water.