Small Dark Cloud that Drives the Storm - Antonia Salmon
14 H x 12.5 W cm
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Antonia was brought up in a household imbued with art appreciation. She studied Geography and Geology at Sheffield University and then Studio Pottery at Harrow School of Art. The combination of her interest in natural form in landscape and formal geometry inspired a year of travel in the Middle East and India, where she studied Islamic art and architecture. Antonia set up her first studio, in London, 1985, moving to Sheffield in 1989 in search of life nearer to the countryside. She lectured in ceramics at Derby University for 8 years, while continuing her own work, and developing her ceramic smoked sculptures.
MY SCULPTURAL INSPIRATION
I trained as a studio potter and assumed I would make my living from the production of domestic tableware. However, the influences of Mo Jupp and Richard Slee at Harrow gave me the confidence to follow my instinct to pursue sculptural forms. Clay is one of the most challenging materials to work with because each stage has to be applied at exactly the right moment, when the clay is neither too wet or too dry. For this reason I usually have three sculptures in progress at any time and move between them. The smoke firing is another challenge as it is ultimately not in my control, because it’s influenced by the wind and rain. But I also find that quite liberating.
WHERE I WORK
I am lucky that my studio is near to the Peak District National Park. It’s essential for me to walk in nature every day. I don’t try to imitate nature’s forms but I am inspired by them, and seek to capture the experience and quality of the landscape, geology, the elements and weather systems.
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