I like to portray my impressions of the natural world as well as using figurative imagery. I have been creating sculptural ceramics for over 30 years while earning a living in a different world of crafts - restoring antiques.
Living close to Kew Gardens since 1986 I have found much inspiration in the collections there – I love the fruit and seed forms and particularly the vessels of carnivorous plants. Having grown up on the coast, the movement of waves still has a strong influence that can be seen in my hand built bowls. The theme of water is combined with the fruit forms in my functional pouring pods and patio water features.
I also like to create more sculptural work, combining the fruit form with female imagery.
While maintaining four main themes – hand built Wave Bowls, Body Pots, Pod Pourers and thrown bowls - Valerie has recently extended her decorative techniques to include the incorporation of ‘porcelain lace’ details in her designs.
Valerie Kaufmann is currently showing work at 'Lovers Lights Gallery', 64 The Green, Twickenham, TW2 5AG Tel. 0208 241 2940, (from 27 September), and in their Christmas show.
Sculptural work is hand built using ‘T material’ with some porcelain detail and finished with stoneware glazes and high fired engobes, fired to 1,260oC.
The more sculptural bowls are similarly hand built while others are thrown using ‘Hales’ stoneware body.
'Oil and Water', Wandsworth, London
The Women’s Exhibition at the ICA, Mall Galleries.
Stables Gallery, Twickenham
'Par Ici', Twickenham