Rowena Brown has been making and studying ceramics since her schooldays. She has a degree in fashion design from St Martin’s School of Art, London, and worked in fashion design for 8 years. She then spent two years living in California, where she developed her ceramics full-time discovering and learning the process of raku firing. On her return to the UK she took a Master’s degree in Fine Art Ceramics.
The groups of houses and the isolated buildings anchored on rock-like plinths explore themes of self, solitude and community. She has developed an approach to decoration and firing that results in multi-layered surfaces. The sculptures show an implied and a real history acquired by their passage through the ceramic process. While alluding to abandonment and environmental damage, this also creates a visual interest to draw the onlooker in, allowing time for reminiscence and contemplation.