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Statement

I make smoke-fired textured clay vessels: statement pieces and curated collections for interior settings which are highly responsive to changes in light.

The work reflects my body: the arc of my arm, the shape of my hand. Interior and exterior surfaces are finished with a metal kidney tool leaving deliberate mark making which creates a dynamic textural canvas for combustion and light to enhance.

My firing process creates a unique surface where even a small turn will reveal a new mood or atmosphere and my intention is that some of the meditative focus of making is retained within the work.

Some of my vessels are influenced by forms and culture from world ceramics as far back as the neolithic; pottery made in matriarchal societies. A holding and containing space is implied: feminine forms, often with wide hips and generous bellies.

I have had an affinity with clay since childhood: from first touch I found my vocation. After studying 3D Design and then graduating in Studio Ceramics, I first established studios in Derby and then relocated to Scotland where I now work in rural Dumfriesshire.

Ruth Elizabeth Jones