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Annabel works naturally moves between art and craft, with drawing and painting always being her starting point. Having painted for a number of years, she has decided to return back to ceramics. Her recent work ‘Modern Relics’ looks at archaeology and memories, - the archaeology of the mind.
Very thin earthenware slabs are torn into sections, and constructed into new forms. These evoke memories of place and time, and highlight a lifelong fascination with fossils, ancient landscape, architecture, and found objects. The repetitive nature of building a form with many smaller pieces is suggestive of musical rhythm. Interruptions, in the form of larger slabs or openings, are indicative of pathways, gateways and views. These pieces are fired multiple times to subtly develop the surface with matt and semi-vitreous slips, often including small areas of glazed highlights with abstract textural drawing in underglaze.
Annabel graduated from University of the West of England, Bristol 1990, studying under Walter Keeler, Mo Jupp and Nicholas Homoky. She specialised in large hand-built and coiled sculptural ceramics. Particularly exploring the crossover between art and ceramics, her final piece was a bronze sculpture.
Her work has been featured in ‘A History of 20th Century British Tiles’, by Chris Blanchett and ‘The Tile’, by Kenneth Clarke, MBE. She has also produced illustrations for the Cover of, ‘After Trelawny’, by Naomi Brandel and ‘The Twat in the Flat, by Geoff Allnutt.
Also, logo and set designs for the show ‘Flown’, by award winning international circus Pirates of the, Carabina, (POC). She continues to collaborate with POC working on set designs for their ‘Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine,’ show to be first seen at Roundhouse, London.