View Image Gallery Items for SaleJenny Beavan(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1208 851853 Email:
I am interested in movement in relation to natural change, as seen in changed states of matter - decay, disintegration, relocation and reformation - in particular the role ‘water’ plays in this action. In order to discover more about this in my work I find myself exploring the certainty of change, working through ideas of containment, from the conventional form of the vessel, to consideration of the Earth and also our own bodies as vessels.
In order to extend and capture a sense of change in my work I use materials indigenous to inspirational sites, recycling them and re-subjecting them to physical energies and heat. I call on all of my practised techniques, for instance the building and cutting of clay stacks; the taking of surface impressions to create the 'skin' and memory of a place; and the encapsulation of fired clay.
The intention in my work is always to capture a moment in the process of change; to reflect both the physical and spiritual quality of 'place‘; and to suggest equal importance in both the inside and the outside of all my forms.
In the making of my wall assemblages, there is a seed of an idea which evolves during various processes - taking of tree impressions, laminating clay with colour, bringing two strands of action together, layering and re-cycling, dry with wet, re-repositioning and repeating - continually seeking surprise in the making.
I was selected to be part of the Contemporary Craft Fellowship scheme 2008/9. My Fellowship proposal was to focus on chaotic and unpredictable geological phenomena and broaden my working practice. I wanted to increase the scale of my work and also where it was shown - from temporary exhibition to permanent setting. I have been influenced by the China Clay industries for over 10 years, and on this occasion was given access to Par Buell Driers at Par Docks, Cornwall, that are currently in the process of being decommissioned in favour of a proposed eco-town. I wanted to record its demise through photography, drawing and text. Ultimately to approach the developers of the site with ideas which could be incorporated into the new development. There are no images to view at present.
Work generally available from:
Ceramics Monthly. Vol 37 No.7. September 1989. pages 30-31. "Unusual and Utilitarian."
Bankfield Museum Halifax
1977 - "Presentation Pieces" Victoria and Albert Museum, London.