A fascination in marks of erosion and an on-going exploration of tactile objects fuels the making of ceramic artist Anna Whitehouse. Her practice has evolved from growing up in Yorkshire and spending time outdoors. From scrambling over rocks in the Dales to scouring the beach for fossils near Whitby, these experiences can be seen echoed in her work.
Currently based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Anna creates decorative sculptures, vessels and wall pieces reminiscent of eroded shells, fossils and ancient rock formations, elegantly poised and with a timeless quality.
Work is slab built and press moulded stoneware, fired to 1280°C. Oxides are applied to add depth to textures in the naked clay whilst bright barium blue glaze pools in dips and recesses, creating a striking visual and tactile contrast.
Natural material is also collected from places that inspire the work and added to the barium blue glaze. Currently sand collected from Sandsend Beach north of Whitby is applied, giving a fantastic range of colours; golden yellows, caramelised browns and frosty greens. This is achieved by the rich iron deposits in the sand, capturing the strong mining history of the area and Anna’s own childhood explorations of the coastline.
Ultimately Anna aims to create beautiful and intriguing objects that celebrate stolen moments of observation and inquisitiveness.
Water Street Gallery : Ceramic Vessels
March 27, 2014 to April 27, 2014
Rufford Craft Centre : Earth and Fire 2014 at Rufford
June 20, 2014 to June 22, 2014
Decorative sculptures, vessels and wall pieces.
Work Available from:
Turnstone Gallery, Sandsend
Creation Fine Arts, Beverley, East Yorkshire- (opening Monday 4th June 2012)
2009- 2010 - Creative Business Development, Manchester Metropolitan University Graduate Diploma
2006- 2009 - BA Hons 3D Design, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1st Class Hons
2005- 2006 - Diploma in Foundation Studies, Leeds College of Art and Design, Art & Design, Distinction
May 2010 - The Eaton Fund Grant, Funding towards a kiln controller
27th Nov 2009 - Future-Forward, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
2012 - Art in The Priory, (Jan 12), The Priory Barn, Syningthwaite, Nr Wetherby
2011 - Winter Exhibition, (Nov- Dec 11), Lund Gallery, Easingwold
2011 - Northern Potters, (Nov 11 – Jan 12), Gallery Oldham, Oldham
2011 - Christmas Exhibition (Nov 11- Jan 12), Anstey Galleries, Harrogate
2011 - Lund Gallery Winter Exhibition, (November)
2011 - Living North Essence of, Christmas Fair, (25th - 27th Nov), Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds
2011 - Life's a Beach, (2nd July - 30th Sept), Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery
2011 - Harrogate Artists Group, (29th June - 24th July) RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate