View Image Gallery Claire Palastanga(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)7764815149 Email: Web: www.clairepalastanga.com
Inspired by nature, particularly horse chestnuts and conker shells, I have always been fascinated by the beautiful flowing curves found within these forms and also the contrasts of the mass of vicious spikes protruding from the outside combined with a rich, luscious, soft and velvety interior. I am intrigued by the way in which the Horse Chestnut form hovers above surfaces, dancing in the air, balancing on its sharp spikes, when knocked or touched it gracefully tumbles repositioning itself.
The spikes represent a protective barrier to the form. The forms themselves are vessels distorted and torn intuitively, beautiful, curvaceous and fluid, conveying a simple feminine sensuality, occasionally adorned with protective thorns. The interiors in contrast are rich, shiny and reflective sometimes using gold, silver and copper leaf in contrast with the white porcelain or charcoal black clay.
Most recently my work has taken the form of simple, distorted vessels, interiors glazed with a luminescent lilac glaze with green and grey hues which collects at the base forming a pool of intense colour. My aim is to create work that exudes a natural true sense of beauty and energy.
After graduating from Kent Institute of Art and Design in 2002, with a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramics, I have set up my own studio in Tunbridge Wells. I am now selling my work not only in England but also in New York, where I my work has featured in Elle Décor, O Magazine, Brides Magazine and Domino Magazine. Most recently my work has featured in the British magazine 'House and Homes Ideas magazine.'
Current Work and Availability
Thrown and altered Stoneware with metal leaf interiors.
Kittec Top loader,
High Bisque fired to 1240
Low glaze fired to 1030
Metal leaf applied after all firing has taken place
Career and Education Background
1992 to 1998:- Bennett Memorial Diocesan School. Tunbridge Wells
1998 onwards: -Kent Institute of Art & Design
- Foundation Course, Maidsone:-1998 - 1999
- Ceramics BA (hons), Rochester:-1999 - 2002 (First Class)
'Creativity in Practice' 2 day workshop with Creative Partnerships, Kent (August 2005)
Life Beat, 2 day experiencial workshop for Creative Practioners (March 2011)
July 2001 - Lisa Hammond, Mazehill Pottery, Greenwich,
August 2001, August-September 2002 - Kate Malone, Balls Pond Studio, Islington
December 2001 - Peter Beard, Leamington Spa,
Sunlight Centre Open Day 2003, Gillingham
Woodlands Youth Centre 2004, Gillingham
Stroud Youth Centre 2005, 2006, Rochester
Residency / Public Art Projects
2005, (January - April) - Residency resulting in 'Climbing Vine' Permanent Art work, nominated for Rouse Public Art Award, Hawkhurst Primary School, Kent
2006 - 2011 - Artist in Residence, Tonbridge Grammar School
Awards and Publications
2002 (26 - 28 June) - Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester, Kent
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: Unit A, Godfreys Yard, Baldwins Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, TN2 3DH.
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Telephone: +44 (0)7764815149
Availability: By appointment only
Joined on: 2012-04-12
Last Updated: 2013-04-03