dIck mARTin Creative Artist
Ceramic Sculpture Information
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I use white stoneware clay and make using slab, carving and coil building techniques. The work is then fired twice in an electric kiln, the second firing to over 1200c. Decorated with oxides, engobes and glazes. Some of these sculptural figures include 24 carat gold-leaf. Each piece is hand built and totally unique. The sculptures are made with a direct honesty to the nature of the material. Clay is a wonderful material that can be pulled, squashed, shaped and squeezed. It takes an impression like no other material and, being a basic "earth" material, it is a joy to work with. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make impressions and produce strong textures. The nature of the clay and the design means there are lumps and bumps and various marks. This rugged affect is all part of the charm of the work. The work shows the way as it progresses into a finished piece. The hand becomes as important as the eye and the mind. Lovely to hold – they have a great “feel” about them. Suitable for interior and exterior locations. Signed underneath with my signature stamp. Certificate of Authenticity included. Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. I have a studio on the south coast of England, visitors are most welcome. Please contact me if you would like to visit (See Contact/Info page).
My previous studio in Dordogne, France
My present studio in West Sussex, England
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dIck mARTin Creative Artist