Su Jameson

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Adela POWELL

Su Jameson's hand-built ceramic sculptures strive to create exchanges, both physical and emotional. Drawn from personal experiences, interactions and observations her work explores the complexities of being human, issues around belonging, strength and fragility, and the tools of communication. Derived from ideas that are at once particular and universal the work invites contemplation and reinterpretation.

Form leads the dialogue; expression is sought in the pauses between and the surfaces created during construction. In the series of works, ‘Sticks and Stones’ 2019, after building using coil, slab and direct modelling techniques, the forms act as the catalyst for the next stage of enquiry. The clay is drawn into, punctured, and cut away with scratches, finger and tool-marks left like tide-lines or battle scars. Stoneware clays are used, at present Grogged Porcelain, with stains and oxides applied to bisque ware to accentuate the residue of marks and develop tonal range. The work is then high fired to 1220 degrees.

Ceramic sculptor, Su Jameson, graduated in 1987, with a BA Hons in English and Fine Art from Exeter University. Subsequently attaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Sculpture from the City and Guilds of London Art School she had several exhibitions at London venues in the 90s including the Barbican Centre and the Boundary Gallery, whilst also working in teaching and community arts.

Teaching Art and Design then became her focus for the next two decades, working in all sectors from University lecturing to class teaching in state, special and private schools and colleges. In 2014 Su returned to making art full time and retrained herself in the medium of ceramics. In 2017 she opened her studio to the public and began to exhibit in the South East; that same year she was awarded the title ‘Surrey Artist of the Year’.

Art care Info. The work is high- fired ceramic, above 1200 degrees; however, it is delicate and not recommended for external display.

Su Jameson's hand built ceramic sculptures strive to create exchanges, both physical and emotional. Drawn from personal experiences, interactions and observations her work explores the complexities of being human, issues around belonging, strength and fragility, and the tools of communication. Derived from ideas that are at once particular and universal the work invites contemplation and reinterpretation.