Ann Capewell

Master of Ceramics

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About me

I have a longstanding love of both ceramics and gardening, starting in my early teens and continuing as I pursued my professional career in Medicine.

I have now broadened my knowledge and skills through MA studies in Ceramics. I have focussed on sculpture for the garden, producing a range of colourful glazed ceramic pieces to reflect the the grounding of earth, movement of water, wind, sun and moon. These are the elements to construct totems, water features and cane toppers, with potential to expand the range to other functional items.

I have also learnt much in the related artistic fields of colour, sculpture, land art, landscape and garden design. I have acquired useful skills in glaze design, mould making and IT, and have new insights into presentation, marketing and the basics needed to start a new career as a ceramicist.

The aim of this project was to develop and produce a range of decorative and functional ceramic pieces for the British garden which could be left outside all year. They would reflect and complement their domestic garden setting both in design and scale; be colourful, robust, available in a wide range of prices and engage the end user in the final design.

The clay is formed using a plaster mould, smoothed then hand carved or impressed to make the surface pattern.

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Once glazed the carved areas create light and shadow, enhancing the design. This totem is made in the same way as a water feature, with modular elements stacked around a pole and on a base

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Sculpture in the garden is too often a dull grey. My aim has been to develop a series of coloured glazed pieces that complement the natural plant hues and can be left out all year.

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The pattern is enhanced by using a thin coat of copper oxide containing glaze beneath the main colour, shown here on test tiles

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This is the final colour set on tiles 13cm square.

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'Earth' spheres brighten up a dull corner of flower bed

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Toppers on canes or sticks are both functional and decorative

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Using the copper glaze under this toffee one enhances both the pattern and the colour.

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Future directions: birdbaths alone or on a stand, lamps and different shapes and sizes for the modular pieces.

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Keywords: garden, ceramics, colour