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Amanda-Sue Rope

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Inspired by the geometry and richness of the built environment, from Neolithic stone circles to Gothic cathedrals through to industrial and domestic buildings of the 20th century, Amanda-Sue’s constructed vessels incorporate both wheel-thrown and hand-building techniques.

Work focuses on themes of stacking, propping and layering to create sculptural lidded vessels and tower-like forms punctuated with areas of detailing and rhythmic textured surfaces. Colours range from earthy and elemental to spots of saturated acid and pastel hues created using a range of oxides and engobes. Glaze is applied to the inside of the vessel accentuating the transition from exterior to interior. The works can be experienced either standing alone or in groups echoing sculptural still-life and cityscapes.

Born in London in 1976 Amanda-Sue went on to study Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon-Tyne (1995-1999). Following a career as an interactive designer in new media and advertising Amanda-Sue completed a Masters in Communication Design, specialising in illustration, at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2007-2009). While working as an illustrator and lecturer in 2012 Amanda-Sue enrolled on a ceramics class at Morley College, London. Here her aim was to explore the making of three-dimensional forms on which she could draw and paint. In 2015 Amanda-Sue made the step-change to focus her creative practice on ceramics.

Amanda-Sue works from her studio in south-east London, Grove Vale Ceramics – a workspace and gallery she co-founded with Lise Herud Braten in 2020. Amanda-Sue also teaches ceramic courses at The Kiln Rooms in Peckham, London.

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