In my work I draw upon the intricate shapes and textures in the landscape for inspiration. I also reference cities, labyrinths, mathematical patterns and trees.
My appreciation of nature is in the intricate detail and this close study has led me to look at different ways of interpreting the world around me. I have been researching how the worlds of art, science and spirituality converge.
Contemporary physics has redefined how we understand the world. The ‘implicate order’ as proposed by the physicist David Bohm states that all things have an underlying ‘interconnectedness’. This theory resonates with the way that I instinctively see and feel the world around me to exist. I have always been intrigued by rhythmical and repetitive patterns that repeat themselves naturally on both a large and small scale. This fascination connects with Bohm’s view and is in line with other quantum theories that each small piece may contain a microcosm of the whole. This further suggests that nature is an orderly process in the 'chaos' of the world.
Working intuitively, I sense the underlying connections and systems that reflect notions in quantum physics and the idea of unity. The resulting patterns or rhythms of lines are interrelating but there is not necessarily a sequence of events, more an underlying network of integration.
My choice of materials and working methods are crucial to the desired outcomes. Ceramic materials go through a series of transformational processes, paralleling those of the natural world, which bring a strong physical dimension to my work.
Clare Crouchman's Studio : Clare Crouchman - Open studio
November 28, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Work generally available from:
- Studio showroom
- Gallery at Bevere, Bevere Lane, Worcester - Work available online
- Walford Mill Crafts – Dorset www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk
- Gallery Top, Matlock, Derbyshire - www.gallerytop.co.uk
- The Cider Press Centre, The Craft Gallery, Dartington, Devon www.dartington.org
- Corman Arts, 24 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5DA http://www.cormanarts.com
- Jam Eton – Windsor www.jam-eton.co.uk/
- Junction Art Gallery - Oxon www.junctionartgallery.co.uk
I am happy to undertake commissions for both private and corporate clients.
My work is made with different stoneware clays and porcelain. Prepared clay bodies are inlayed into one another, with lines and marks etched into the surface. Oxides and glazes are applied sparingly to preserve the stone-like quality of the clay. The work is once fired to 1265°C in an electric kiln.
2005-8 MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge with Nick Devison
1996 MA Ceramics at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff with Geoff Swindell
1992-4 Lived in Japan and studied traditional Japanese ceramics with Japanese potter Masanobu Izumihara
1985 BA (Hons) History and Art, Reading University
Work included in Hertfordshire County Council Fine Art Collection and private collections worldwide
2012 'Doorway Series' - Eight large panels for an Interior Design Company in Surrey
2010 'Hampton Court Flower Show' - An installation in a show garden later relocated to Emaus, Cambridge
2009 'Relativity Project' - Sixteen large ceramic panels installed in the Elevation Halls of the Tower Condominium in Chiba, Japan
2009 'In the Woods With Music' - Six ceramic panels for an industrial machine company in Kanazawa, Japan
2008 'Field Series' - Twenty ceramic panels for a Chalet in Switzerland
Many private commissions large and small
2011 ‘Resurgence Magazine’ – Sept-Oct Issue
2011 'A Passion for Pattern', Ceramic Review (Jan/Feb)