Claire PalastangaImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: Unit A, Godfreys Yard, Baldwins Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, TN2 3DH. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)7764815149
Email:
Web-site: www.clairepalastanga.com
Availability: By appointment only
Joined on: 2012-04-12
Last Updated: 2013-04-03

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

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

Current Work and Availability

Thrown and altered Stoneware with metal leaf interiors.

Availability:
Northcote Gallery, Kings Road, Chelsea,
Bircham Gallery, Holt,
West End Gallery, Smarden,
Francis – Perry Gallery, Eastbourne
Ruzzetti and Gow, New York, USA
Palace Green Gallery, Hatfield

Other Information
Available for schools workshops, lectures and demonstrations,
Commissions accepted

Technical Information

Technical Information

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

Career and Education Background

Education
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) 

Art Courses
'Creativity in Practice' 2 day workshop with Creative Partnerships, Kent  (August 2005)
Life Beat, 2 day experiencial workshop for Creative Practioners (March 2011)

Work Experience
July 2001 - Lisa Hammond, Mazehill Pottery, Greenwich,  
August 2001, August-September 2002 - Kate Malone, Balls Pond Studio, Islington
December 2001 - Peter Beard, Leamington Spa,

Community Workshops
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

Awards and Publications

Awards
South East Open Studios “Niki Calcutt Bursary” 2011
Best Joint 3D / Sculptural Work - Pure Arts Fair Battle 2011

Press Coverage
The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, (USA), August 2003
Elle Décor Magazine, (USA), Dec / Jan 2003
House and Home Ideas, (UK), August 2005
Bride Magazine, (USA), August 2005
Domino Magazine, (USA), June 2006
The New York Times Magazine, (USA), December 2009
Index Magazine Front Cover, (UK), September 2010
Woman and Home Magazine, (UK), March 2012

Exhibition History

Exhibition History

2002 (26 - 28 June) - Kent Institute of Art and Design, Rochester, Kent
2003 (26th April - 11th May) - New Chatham Arts Centre, Chatham
2004 (6th Aug – 13th Sept) - Contemporary Connections Exhibition , Maidstone County Gallery
2004 (December) - London Art Fair (Midland Grand Fair) London
2005 (December) - By hand 7, County Hall, Maidstone
2006 - 2010 (June) - South East Open Studios, Trottiscliffe
2008 (February) - Art to Love at the Liberty Gallery, Kings Hill
2009 (July) - Botanical Exhibition, The Lund Gallery, Easingwold, York
2009 (August) - Art in Clay, Hatfield

2010 (May) - Tooveys Contemporary Art Auction, Horsham
2010 (June) - Maidenbridge Art Centre, Lancashire
2010 (June) - Earth and Fire, Nottingham
2010 (August) - Art in Clay, Hatfield
2010 (August/December) - 10@9 Pop up Gallery, Tunbridge Wells

2011 (May) - Tooveys Contemporary Art Auction, Horsham
2011 (June) - Maidenbridge Arts Centre, Lancashire
2011 (August) - Art in Clay, Hatfield
2011 (September) - Brighton Art Fair, Brighton
2011 (September) - Pure Art Fair, Battle
2011 (November) - Art in Clay, Farnham

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Vases & Bowls
Sculptural