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katie adams

Here is Battersea Power Station drawn into the cup and saucer and also in 3D sculpture.

I am passionate about my material, clay. I was introduced to it before I could draw so it has always led me in my artistic expression. It is visceral and consuming. Over the years I’ve developed my dialogue with clay through experimenting and have chosen to work with different techniques, knowing that each one deeply informs the others.

For the first 5 years of my ceramics career I threw tableware. Inspired by my architectural surroundings I drew the London skyline into the surface with a blade. This designer range triggered exciting commissions for both corporate and private clients.

Now my concerns are with building architectural sculpture. This has naturally evolved from the tableware and is inspired by the awesome feeling of being surrounded by architecture. I slab build, draw, scratch and build up oxides on these pieces to bring an essence of a building into the arena.

I’m developing another exciting body of hand-built work called the River Runs Through. Textural and igneous these vessels start life as pinch pots some growing with the addition of coils. In the making process they have slips and oxides applied to the surface with the occasional splash of transparent glaze. They are once fired. The inspiration for these pots is a primal need to work freely with clay, squeezing, pinching, pulling and listening to the material.

All work is fired to stoneware temperatures in an oxidising kiln.

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