Christine PikeImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Puddlefoot, Bridge Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, England, PE38 0AE. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1366 380229
Email:
Web-site: www.christinepike.com
Availability: Please phone first - visitors are welcome but by prior arrangement only.

My studio is on Bridge Road, opposite the River Ouse. Downham Market railway station is a five minute walk away and is on the main Kings Cross line (1 hr 20 mins to London).
There is ample parking outside the studio.


Joined on: 2014-01-14
Last Updated: 2014-01-21

Artists Statement

Artists Statement

I am fascinated by the tension in design between singularity and repetition. For my figures I sculpt a head in wax, from which I make a plaster press mould. The pressed ceramic pieces that result from this process are then manipulated and modified with added hand-built elements to create unique works which, nonetheless, share a common origin.

My animals, by contrast, are sculpted in a free and intuitive manner. My goal is to capture something of the wild spirit of each creature, rather than to make an exact representation.

My work is informed by ideas and reflections upon the nature of childhood, play, half-remembered folk tales – and how these things impact upon us as adults. Sometimes light-hearted, sometimes unsettling or melancholy, my aim is to capture character and a suggestion of private thoughts. I try to imbue my figures with a sense of stillness at their core; in an uncertain world, they, at least, have a sense of themselves and of their destiny.

Current Work and Availability

Current Work and Availability

Hand-built figurative and wildlife sculpture in stoneware. Electric fired.
I work quickly and intuitively, handling the clay as little as possible to keep the surface ‘fresh’. Colouring is kept to a minimum so that the texture of the clay remains paramount.

Work available from:
The Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU

And from my studio at Puddlefoot, Bridge Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 0AE

Other information:
I teach small, informal workshops in wildlife sculpting at my studio. Full details can be found on my website.

I am happy to give lectures and demonstrations of my techniques.

As a freelance curator and writer I am particularly interested in exploring clay as a contemporary medium.

Technical Information

Technical Information

I fire in an electric kiln to between 1220 ºC and 1260 ºC.
I use oxide washes and stains sparingly, preferring to leave as much of the clay in its naked state as possible.

Experience and Education

Experience and Education

Education:
2013 MA Curation, Norwich University of the Arts, Norfolk
2008, 2009 Residential hand-building and mould-making courses, The Sculpture Lounge, Holmfirth
1988 BA (Hons) English Literature, Chichester University, Sussex

Experience:
2013 Curated ‘Singing Clay; 100 Ways of Perfection’ at the Babylon Gallery, Ely
2012 Curated ‘Beyond Limits; Pushing Boundaries in Contemporary Ceramics’, Greyfriars Art Gallery, Kings Lynn
2011 Curated Anglian Potters in Jesus Lane, Cambridge
2008 - present Freelance Writer and commentator on ceramics

Memberships:
Selected Member of Anglian Potters
Press Officer for Anglian Potters

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

2013 (December) - Potters in Jesus Lane, November - All Saints’ Church, Cambridge

2012 (October) - Anglian Potters Selected Members Exhibition September - Reunion Gallery, Felixtowe, Suffolk
2012 (June - July) - Beyond Limits; pushing boundaries in contemporary ceramics - Greyfriars Artspace, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
2012 (May) - Diversity in Clay 2012 - Wymondham Art Centre, Wymondham, Norfolk

2011 (August) - Anglian Potters Summer Exhibition - Emmanuel College, Old Library, Cambridge
2011 (June) - Diversity in Clay 2011 - Wymondham Art Centre, Wymondham, Norfolk
2011 (May) - Gouda Ceramics Festival - Gouda, Netherlands
2011 (August) - Anglian Potters Summer Exhibition - Emmanuel College, Old Library, Cambridge

2010 (November - December) - Potters in Jesus Lane, All Saints’ Church, Cambridge

Work Styles

Work Styles

Handbuilt
Sculptural
Figurative
Animals and Birds