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"As a London based potter my work reflects 21st century living and the city in which I live and work. It is characterised by clean, precise lines and forms using a strong palette. My objective in working with clay is to create beautiful dynamic forms.

I use porcelain and bone china clays. I make moulds in which I cast my forms which enables me to make very thin fine forms, often using layers or inlays of different coloured clays. The forms are hand carved and then finely sanded to achieve a natural smooth, pebble like quality. I often make forms that link together as pairs.

My aim is to explore the subtlety of the hollow form in which the function is secondary to the form. My interest in bone china is to create carved forms with variable areas of translucency, exploring the possibilities of light and shade, sometimes incorporating opaque areas with additional colour.

I do not see my work as primarily functional, rather than as pieces in their own right which enhance the interior in which they are placed and as pieces in which form and decoration become fused.

Inspiration is always from life and drawn from a wide variety of sources including people, architectural features and objects in museums.

My work arises from abstracting, developing and combining different aspects of the natural and the man-made world."

Penny completed a B.A. at Central School of Art, London and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Ceramics at Goldsmiths College, London. She is a Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association.

Commissions:

Inax Corporation,        Japan  Bathroom Basins and Bathroom accessories.
Ceramic Mural            London Fields Primary School, Hackney.
The Big Egg Hunt       London  Trafalgar Square  2012 and Selfridges Store, London

Selected  Exhibitions:

2000               Woodlands Art Gallery, Greenwich. Four Play - Four rooms - Four Artists.
2001               Showcase Exhibition, CPA Contemporary Ceramics Gallery,  London.
2002               Affordable  Art  Fair,   Battersea,  London.
2004               Artspace, Barn Galleries,  Aston,  Henley on Thames.
2004               Earth and Fire,  Rufford Crafts Centre, Rufford, Nottinghamshire.
2004               Leeds City Art Gallery,  Leeds,   Showcase Exhibition.
2005               Zetter Restaurant, London Design Show, Clerkenwell.
2006               Showcase Exhibition Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London.
2006               Earth and Fire, Rufford,  Nottinghamshire.  
2006               Window Exhibition, Eton Applied Arts, Eton   August 2006
2007               Anvari Arts at  Air Gallery, Brook Street, London W1.
2007               CPA at 50,   The Gallery at Bevere,   Worcester.
2007               St Joseph Galerie,  Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.
2008               The  Contemporary Crafts Fair,  Bovey Tracey,  Devon.
2008-11          Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
2008               Leeds City Art Gallery, Showcase Exhibition.  November / December  2008
2009               Artspace, The Barn galleries, Henley on Thames   May 2009
2009               Art in Action, Ceramics Marque   Waterperry House Oxford  July 2009
2009               The Gallery at Bevere, Worcestershire,  October
2009               Crafted,The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre, November/December 2009
2010               Christmas and Spring   ,St Josephs Galerie, Leewarden, The Netherlands, December2009
2010               Art in Action,  Ceramics Marque, Waterperry House, Oxford July  2010
2011               Winter Exhibition  Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
2011               Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxford 2011
2011 -15         Ceramics in the City Geffrye Museum, London
2012               The Big Egg Hunt, London
2012               Fircroft Exhibition, Aldbury Heath, Surrey
2012               Made in London, makers from the Olympic Boroughs, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London
2013               Leeds Art Gallery
2013               Cecilia Colman gallery
2014               British Museum, Vikings Exhibition
2015               Erwood Station Gallery  Hay on Wye, Powys

Publications:

CPA Potters and The Ceramics Book 1st, 2nd,3rd editions
Slipcasting.  Sasha Wardell
Colouring Clay   Jo Connell

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