Since being a small girl I have loved to draw and was encouraged to develop this through my childhood. My excitement for the magical possibilities of clay began at Art College and these feelings have never faded.
Discovering and specializing in the beautiful technique of Sgraffito has allowed me to pair up my two loves of drawing and clay work. I am passionate about this time consuming process and have developed a distinctive and unique style, with each piece being made, and meticulously decorated by hand. Telling a story and trying to capture a fleeting moment in time I find very fascinating. Birds and fish are particular favourites and being such nervous creatures I hope to give the impression they may take flight from a vase or dish at any moment. My forms and designs are ever changing and I have numerous sketch books waiting to come to life.
Art Nouveau, Art Nouveau, The Arts and Crafts movement and the natural world inspire me, finding connections with the use of both nature and pattern. Gustav Kilmt, Maurice Sendak, Elizabeth Fritsch and Mary Wondrausch are among some of my other influences
Direct from studio st Georges workshops Portland Dorset
Blue Coat Display centre Liverpool
Walford Mill Crafts Wimborne Dorset
Harlequin Gallery Taunton Somerset
Anne Toms’ Yarmouth gallery Isle of Wight
National Trust Cotehele Gallery, Saltash, Cornwall
Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery Trinity street Cambridge
Portland Heights Hotel Portland Dorset
Helen Millard Glass Studio Hope Square Weymouth Dorset
Studio pottery selling web site
Rippingham art selling web site
Art in Clay - Farnham : Art in Clay at Farnham 2016
November 19, 2016 to November 20, 2016
Because my decoration is created using slips and clays at leather hard I am only able to work on one piece at a time. The drying process starts as soon as I begin to draw on my sgraffito and slowing this down is crucial as it gives me time to create my complex designs.
First, detailed pencil drawings are made of the animals and their habitats that I intend to decorate my next pieces with. I throw my forms using a white stoneware clay which are turned and manipulated whilst leather hard. The smooth forms are then completely covered in slip colours I have developed allowing my decoration to evolve freely.
Over many days the outlines of the designs are drawn on to the form then using a selection of tools and scalpel blades the slip between the drawings is removed and scraped away until smooth. This process is slow and meticulous creating a three dimensional feel to the slip colours left behind much like cameo. At the final stages contrasting slip colour is added and all the details drawn on using a very thin pointed tool.
Each piece is then left to dry slowly before the two firings. After the first bisque I brush a clear glaze onto the main themes leaving the rest of the piece matt creating a tension between the glazed and unglazed surface.
The final glaze firing is 1180°c in an electric kiln.
The intricate decoration which covers each form is meticulously cut away freehand using the technique of Sgraffito and this is built up over time, taking many days and hours of work until Tiffany feels it’s finally complete. Once the coloured slips have been applied the cutting away and drawing onto her work can only be done once the clay is at the perfect leather hard stage of the drying process.
Tiffany works with a white, smooth, stoneware clay and all of her forms are thrown on the wheel. All pieces have both a bisque and then a glost firing of 1180 degrees centigrade in an electric kiln.
This word translated from Italian means ‘to scratch away’ and has been used by many cultures to decorate buildings, paintings and pottery. It was first used in china during the 11th and 12th century AD and in Europe during the 16th century as relief decoration on buildings.
1995 - 1996 : Surrey Institute of Art and Design 2nd year of a ceramics degree
1993 - 1995 : Worthing Buckinghamshire College of higher education HND in design
1991 - 1993 : Portsmouth Art College BTEC in design
WORK & EXPERIENCE
2011 - 2013 : Teaching pottery and slipware decoration from her studio
2006 : Wellbeloved Gallery Portland Dorset running pottery exhibiting work tutoring students
2006 : Throwing demonstrations and exhibiting work at Brewers Quay in Weymouth
2001 : Bonchurch Pottery Isle of Wight learning production throwing of domestic ware
2015 : Awarded certificate of excellence in ‘The Arts & Crafts Design Awards 2015
2014 : Awarded grant from the Craft Pottery Charitable Trust
2012 : runner up Chelsea Fine Art Competition Agora Gallery Chelsea New York
2012 : runner up for Dorset art Weeks cover competition
2008 : Winner Marshwood Vale 2008 Arts Awards judged by Kate Malone
2016: Art In Clay Farnham Maltings
2016: Erwood Station Gallery Builth Wells Powys
2016: Sota Gallery Witney Oxfordshire
2016: Ferrers Gallery Staunton Harold Leicestershire
2015 : The Junction Gallery Woodstock Winter show 7th November until 31st January 2016
2015 : Cambridge Contemporary Art two person show starts September
2015 : Biscuit Factory Newcastle upon Tyne June until September
2014 : Harlequin Gallery with Helen Millard Taunton November until January
2014 : Dorset Art Weeks open studios, my studio open to the public 24th May to 8th June
2014 : Spring Discovery, National Trust Cotehele Gallery, Saltash, Cornwall 14th Feb to 31st May
2013 : Noel National Trust Cotehele Gallery,Saltash,Cornwall 9th November to 31st Dec
2013 : Gallery On The Square Dorchester Poundbury 29th June to August 14th
2013 : Flora & fauna Cambridge Contemporary Art Cambridge 3rd March
2012 : Make, Crafts for Christmas Devon Guild of Craftsmen 17 November to 31 December
2012 : Above the wave Bridport Art Centre September 22nd to October
2012 : Dorset Art Weeks open studio’s 26th May to June 10th
2012 : Cambridge Contemporary Art March 3rd to the 23rd
2011 : Birds of a feather with Helen Millard at Gallery On The Usk October 28th
2011 : Exhibition Mulberry Tree Gallery Swanage (dates to be confirmed)
2011 : Showing at Bovey Tracy Contemporary Crafts Fair June
2011 : Exhibition Cambridge Contemporary Art Cambridge July to August
2010 : Exhibition Cambridge Contemporary Art Cambridge Nov Dec
2010 : Exhibition with the Dorset Potters at Bridport Art Centre Nov Dec
2010 : Exhibition of decorative slipware Heights Hotel Portland
2010 : Exhibition with the West Country Potters at Saltram House in Plympton June to September
2009 : Mixed Christmas exhibition at White Stones Portland
2009 : Exhibition at Portland Museum
2008 : Exhibition Quayarts Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight
2008 : Mixed exhibition Dorset Arts Week with Weymouth Arts Network Weymouth May and June.
2008 : Falmouth Arts Christmas exhibition Falmouth Poly Dec
2008 : Exhibition at White Stones Gallery café January February ‘The Written Word’
Vessels, dishes and lamp bases made to a specific design
Commemorative plates for the Heights Hotel on Portland
Range of pottery made for Portland Museum
Mayor of Portland plaque to celebrate 5o years twinning with Louviers
2016: ukhandmade online magazine article spring issue
2016: On line interview with House of Coco featured in magazine
2015 On line interview with Zone One Arts www.zoneonearts.com.au
2015 : West Country Potters magazine no.136 front cover image article ‘an obsession with Sgraffito’
2014 : Article published in May June issue of Ceramic Review ‘a potters day’
2012 : Photo in Crafts Magazine ‘Woodpecker vase’ Nov Dec issue
2012 : Photo in Ceramics Review Magazine ‘ Wrens in a tree vase’ issue 254
2012 : ‘Drawing Onto Clay’ with The West country Potters
2011 : Book cover for Wealden Hill by Graeme K Talboys
2011 : Illustrations for ‘Phoenix House’ a children’s book by Carenza Hayhoe
2011 : Photos in Ceramics Review Magazine
2008 : Article in The Wessex Muse magazine Nov issue
Craft Council makers directory
Bluecoat Display centre artist membership scheme
Society of Designer Craftsmen full member
Dorset Visual Arts full member
Craft Potters Association member
Dorset Pottery Group member
West Country Potters member