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"It has often been said that my ceramics are like washed up sea creatures, some still alive, others just remnants turning slowly to dust. People have also seen unidentified objects from a far-away galaxy, not sure whether they are organic or constructed, friendly or malevolent.
My first experience as an artist was learning to paint classic illustrative images before moving on to canvases that were purely abstract expressions of emotion through colour and texture. When I became a potter, I carried this involvement with surface qualities through to my ceramics creating objects that are not just simply coated in glaze, but have an essential and inseparable relationship between form and surface.
I make all parts of the pieces on the potter’s wheel creating a thick section to be trimmed and thinned, when leather hard, with sharp steel tools. Some pieces are textured by tapping the surface with a multi-pointed wire brush, ball ended tools and various sticks. The fine characterless texture and whiteness of porcelain gives a good bright ground to enhance the colour rather like a pure white canvas. I use an air brush to spray the surface of the forms with colours allowing me to build up overlapping layers of slip, glaze and oxides."
Geoffrey is a ceramic miniaturist; as with painters who work on a small scale, he is admired for his self-evident skills in making such exquisitely crafted pieces and for his imaginative and boundlessly creative decoration. This distinct voice in studio ceramics continues to impress and people discovering his work for the first time will stop and wonder at the diversity and originality of his pots.
New work by Geoffrey Swindell will be in the gallery and on the website shortly.
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