A fascination in marks of erosion and an ongoing exploration of tactile objects fuels the making of ceramic artist Anna Whitehouse. Her practice has evolved from growing up in Yorkshire and spending time outdoors. From scrambling over rocks in the Dales to scouring the beach for fossils near Whitby, these experiences can be seen echoed in her work.
Currently based in Harrogate, Anna creates decorative sculptures and vessels reminiscent of eroded shells, fossils and ancient rock formations.
Work is slab built and press moulded stoneware, fired to 1280°C. Oxides add depth to textures in the naked clay whilst vivid barium blue glaze pools in dips and recesses, creating a striking visual and tactile contrast.
Recent work includes two sculptures for a Show Garden at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2013 and also a public commission for the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, creating two pieces for their outdoor sculpture trail, inspired by the local landscape and the museum’s collection of ceramic school inkwells.
Work ranges in price and size, from handheld vessels at £40 to sculptural discs 60cm in diameter at £3000.
Ultimately Anna aims to create beautiful and intriguing objects that celebrate stolen moments of observation and inquisitiveness.
Current methods of working: Public Commission, Private Commission, Community work, Training