Sandy loves clay as a material and likes to leave the surface of her pots showing the full texture of the heavily grogged clay she uses. She is also interested in the form and beauty of ancient pottery cultures and translates them from the round into slab forms, which allows her to treat the surface as a canvas. She decorates her vessels with abstract designs. Barnett Newman, Kandinsky, Ellsworth Kelly and other abstract expressionists are all influences on her designs, as does the time she spent in Japan a few years ago.
Sandy uses white, heavily grogged, C-material for her sculptural, slab forms. She fires in an electric kiln to 1225oC, and uses glazes and engobes, which she prepares in her studio. The engobes are applied after the bisque firing, when she also applies various body stains to the surface of her vessels.
The Cecilia Colman Gallery, 67, St Johns Wood High Street, London, NW8 7NL. Tel. 020 7722 0686
Sandy has a front loading electric kiln. She currently fires up to 1225oC. She makes up a stoneware glaze adding various oxides to colour the glaze.
She also makes up engobes, which she applies after the bisque firing, adding various body stains to colour the engobes. She bisque fires at 1000oC.
Sandy Segal is an American, who is married to an Englishman, and has lived in London for over 40 years.
Like many women she came to ceramics as second career. She has a BS degree in Politics from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in History from University College London. She worked in race relations in Washington and London, and also worked for Unilever in London.
After having her children she started doing a pottery class with a truly gifted teacher, who encouraged her to go to art school. She went to Croydon School of Art, and has been exhibiting since she left in 1987.
In 2012 Tate Britain commissioned Sandy Segal to make a range of slab vessels to coincide with the Picasso and Modern British Painters. Her work was completely sold out in the first few days of opening. More were commissioned for the run of the exhibition, and they too sold very quickly.
Sandy has been working in clay for over 30 years. All of her work is hand-built in a coarse, white stoneware. She decorates with body stains and uses glazes and slips, which she makes herself. She loves clay as a material and tries to retain that earthy quality in her finished pieces.
Her work includes: still life pieces which attempt to make the 3-dimensional appear to be 2-dimensional; 3-dimensional jigsaws with some in boxes; slab forms influenced by ancient pottery cultures; large coiled vessels and small boxes. Among her influences are Barnett Newman, Ellsworth Kelly and Giorgio Morandi. Several years ago Sandy spent 9 weeks in Japan, which also inspires some of her work.
She has exhibited in a number of galleries including the Long Gallery and the Edith Grove Gallery, Chelsea; the Knapp Gallery, Regentís Park; the Morley Gallery, Lambeth; the Crypt Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields; the Sutherland Gallery and Craftco Gallery, Southwold, Suffolk; the Neville Pundole Gallery, Folkestone, Kent; and the Purple Poppy Gallery, Ampthill, Bucks. The pre-eminent sculpture gallery owner Denis Alwin Davis specially commissioned her to make pieces for the Alwin Gallery in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. She has also shown her work at Cynthia Newmanís annual exhibitions in Battersea, London Open House, and at Craft Centralís Open Studios and One Day Designerís Sale.
The Cecilia Colman Gallery at 67, St Johnís Wood High Street, London NW8 7NL, tel. 020 7722 0686, regularly stocks Sandyís work.
2012 Tate Britain coinciding with Picasso and Modern British Painting
2012 Craft Central Group Show
2013 Cecilia Colman Gallery
2014 Dulwich Gallery commission (4 June to 21 September 2014)