View Image Gallery Annie Peaker(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1768 870492 Email: Web: www.anniepeaker.co.uk
My work explores beauty and movement using various subject matter including the female figure and animal forms, Some of my figures are slightly elongated to emphasise elegance, some exude calm and serenity while others give the impression of communication and purpose.
With all my work I try to achieve a balanced composition with striking features, fluid lines, energy and a sense of motion. I work with body language and facial expression to present a mood or emotion and use the texture of clay, highlighted with stains and oxides, to help define and enhance the pose.
My work is made from E40 clay using a slab and modelling techniques. To preserve surface texture I work the clay from the inside and force dry areas to prevent slumping. Stains and oxides highlight the contours and help define and enhance the pose. The work is fired to stoneware in a Northern Kilns electric top loading kiln.
My background is in secondary school teaching (art) but pottery has been my career for the last 5 years and my hobby for as long as I can remember!
I really enjoyed my time teaching and worked in some fabulous schools with some great kids but sadly admin and politics began to take its toll and we sold up in 2003, moved to Cumbria and set up the pottery business.
I've always travelled a lot (my Dad was in the RAF) and my art has been enormously influenced by the continents and countries I've visited and people I've met. Africa, however, has been the most significant influence.
In the mid 1980's I signed up on a 6 month London to Nairobi overland expedition. The truck took us through Western Sahara, down through Algeria, Niger and Cameroon and across Kenya through CAR and Zaire. It was an exciting trip and one that left me hungry to experience more of Africa. I said goodbye to the truck and my fellow travellers at Nairobi and continued south on public transport eventually ending up in Northern Botswana. I worked for a while at 'Croc Camp' in the heart of the Okavango Delta before heading back north through Zambia, Tanzania and Zaire. Public transport African style is not the most comfortable or the most reliable way to travel but it did give me an unforgettable insight into the people and their cultures.
2003 - Pyramid Gallery, York.
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: Kirk Neuk Studio & Gallery, Lazonby, Penrith, Cumbria, UK, CA10 1BL.
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Telephone: +44 (0)1768 870492
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Availability: Open daily except Thursdays from 11am -5pm. Advisable to phone first if traveling any distance.
Directions: Kirk Neuk Studio & Gallery is in the Eden Valley 7 miles north of Penrith and 4 miles east of the M6 (J41). Easily accessible from Keswick & The Northern Lake District.
Last Updated: 2011-02-01