As a London based potter, Penny’s work reflects 21st century living and the city in which she lives and works. It is characterised by clean, precise lines and forms using a strong palette. Her objective in working with clay is to create beautiful dynamic forms.
She uses porcelain and bone china clays. She makes moulds in which she casts her forms which enables her to make very thin fine forms, often using layers or inlays of different coloured clays. The forms are hand carved and then finely sanded to achieve a natural smooth ‘pebble’ like quality. She often makes forms that link together as pairs. Her aim is to explore the subtlety of the hollow form in which the function is secondary to the form.
Her interest in bone china is to create carved forms with variable areas of translucency, exploring the possibilities of light and shade, sometimes incorporating opaque areas with additional colour. She does not see her work as primarily functional, rather as pieces in their own right which enhance the interior in which they are placed and as pieces in which form and decoration become fused.
Inspiration is always from life and drawn from a wide variety of sources including people, architectural features and objects in museums. Her work arises from abstracting, developing and combining different aspects of the natural and the man-made world.
Sally gained a BA in Ceramics at Central School of Art, London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Ceramics at Goldsmiths College, London. She is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association.