View Image Gallery Ben Brierley(Full member)Tel: 01509 828349 Email: Web: www.Ben-Brierley-woodfired-ceramics.co.uk
My ceramic work is concerned with the malleability of material through making and firing. I endeavour to capture the softness of wheel thrown clay in the finished objects. My work revolves around a concept of function sometimes breaking through into it and sometimes referencing it. Forms are informed by early animated film in which domestic utilitarian objects are anthropomorphised, taking on human gestures and interactions.
All pieces are fired in wood fired anagama kilns for three to five days, using the pyroplasticity, fly ash and flame flashing of the firing to accentuate the softness and movement within the form.
My ceramic work is concerned with the malleability of material through making and firing. I endeavour to capture the softness of wheel thrown clay in the finished objects. My work revolves around a concept of function sometimes breaking through into it and sometimes referencing it.
Current position, Technical tutor. Loughborough University School of Art and Design.
All pieces are fired in wood fired anagama kilns for three to five days, to cone 14 at the front of the kiln and cone 12 at the back. I use the pyroplasticity of the bodies in the firebox area to accentuate the softness of some forms. More functional pieces are porcelain with a silica opacified ‘nuka' style glaze, these are placed in saggars towards the rear of the kiln. Other work relies on natural ash glazes, and flame flashing of the clay body itself. I have developed several stoneware clays and porcelains which respond directly to the atmospheres and duration of protracted wood firings . Some of this work is partially glazed with titanium ash glaze, nuka and carbon trapping shinos. All pieces are assembled and altered while soft on the wheel.
Qualifications and training:
“The perfect body” - Ceramic Review 197
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 25 Turner Avenue , Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK, LE11 2DA.
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Telephone: 01509 828349
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Last Updated: 2011-06-14
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