Penny FowlerImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 84, Middleton Road, London, England, E8 4LN. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44(0)207 254 2707
Email:
Web-site: pennyfowlerceramics.co.uk
Availability: Visitors very welcome to studio but please phone first.
Joined on: 2014-12-20
Last Updated: 2015-01-14

Artist Statement

Artist Statement

As a London based potter my work reflects 21st century living and the city in which I live. It is characterised by clean, precise urban lines and forms drawn with a strong palette. My objective in working with clay is to create beautiful, precise and dynamic forms.

I make bold simple vessel forms layered and carved with very contrasting,dramatic coloured clays creating strong, simple abstract designs. The decoration aims to be an integral part of the form, the designs flowing with and into the form.

I aim for each work to be complete, using the effects of light, shade and in some work translucency to gain an intimate link between form and decoration. I often work with pairs of forms enjoying the challenge of making them link together, using positive and negative images.

I am excited by the challenge of pushing the clay to its physical limits by making ever thinner and finer forms, this reinforces its fragile yet uncompromising appearance. Each piece is considered individually and emerges as a unique piece of work.

My primary interest is to explore the subtlety of the simple hollow form, in which with the exception of my lamps, the function is secondary to the form.

I enjoy the translucency and whiteness of Bone - China clay which I use for some forms and my lampshades, playing with different depths of translucency , opacity, light and shade.

Inspiration comes from many sources I am always sketching and collecting images and objects. Sources include architectural features in the urban landscape and life drawing. I visit museums and have been influenced by the 3D effects of relief carvings of peoples like the Assyrians.

My work arises from abstracting, developing and combining different aspects of the natural and man made world.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Central St. Martins : Ceramic Art London 2017
March 31, 2017 to April 02, 2017

Availability of work

Availability of work

Leigh Gallery, Hastings.
Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
Cecilia Coleman Gallery, London
For Arts Sake, Ealing

Technical Information

Technical Information

I use porcelain and bone china clays. I make moulds in which I cast my forms which enables me to make very thin fine forms, often using layers or inlays of different coloured clays. The forms are hand carved and then finely sanded to achieve a natural smooth 'pebble' like quality. I often make forms that link together as pairs.

Background and Education

Background and Education

Education.
Foundation Bristol School of Art.
B.A. Central School of Art, London.
Post-Graduate Diploma in Ceramics, Goldsmiths College, London.

Professional Associations.
Professional member of the Craft Potters Association
London Potters.

Publications

Publications

CPA Potters and The Ceramics Book 1st, 2nd, 3rd editions
Slipcasting, Sasha Wardell
Colouring Clay, Jo Connell
The Potters Manual Kenneth Clark

Commissions

Commissions

Inax Corporation, Japan - Bathroom basins and bathroom accessories.
Interior lighting - Private home, Gloucestershire.
Ceramic Mural - London Fields Primary School, Hackney.
The Big Egg Hunt - London Trafalgar Square 2012 and Selfridges Store, London 2012
2013/14 - Lighting commission, private house, Wales

Recent Exhibitions

Recent Exhibitions

2012 - Fircroft Exhibition, Aldbury Heath, Surrey
2012 - Made in London, makers from the Olympic Boroughs, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
2013 - Leeds Art Gallery
2013 - Lighting commission, private house, Wales
2014 - British Museum, Vikings exhibition

Work Styles

Work Styles

Porcelain
Bone China
Carving
Vessel
Vases & Bowls
Lighting