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Christine Pike

I have sculpted, in one medium or another, for most of my life.  Since leaving university I have worked as a soft sculpture artist for the past seventeen years and have undertaken designs for several toy manufacturers in the UK and USA, including two plush mascots for Harley Davidson.

Recently, I returned to my first love, clay, and have been making figurative pieces since 2007.  My work is informed by ideas and reflections upon the nature of childhood, play, half-remembered folk tales – and how these things impact upon us as adults.  Sometimes light-hearted, sometimes unsettling or melancholy, my aim is to capture character and a suggestion of private thoughts, which can be interpreted in many ways.

I use mainly Earthstone Smooth stoneware and my own paper clay.  I keep colouring to a minimum and use light washes of oxides and stains and fire to 1240 ºC.  I am also beginning to experiment with smoke firing and raku.

I also sculpt in wax in order to cast limited editions in bronze and cold cast media.

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