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Carolyn Genders

Rhythm and flow 2023

Carolyn Genders is an established ceramic artist and printmaker based in the UK, well known for her individual ceramic sculptural vessels and forms and her unique relief prints. The essence of her practice is the relationship of form, line, brushstroke and colour, evident in both her works in clay and on paper.


She creates bold ceramic sculptural vessels and forms handbuilt in white earthenware clay with surfaces of vitreous slips and burnished terra sigillata, and one-off relief prints of abstracted imagery. She works by responding to both her material and to the rhythms of the form as she moves around inscribing marks, incising and scarifying through layers of matt vitreous slips and burnished terra sigillata. Her finished pieces unite the physicality of working with clay and print with the potential of the created surfaces.


‘My work comes from a place informed by my practice of looking and seeing - the interplay of colours, the counterbalance of textures, the energy of gestures and the constantly evolving pattern of my surroundings. My inspiration is internal, a conscious analytical series of responses to an ever expanding catalogue of understanding.’  Carolyn Genders


Carolyn Genders is a Member of the International Academy of Ceramics, a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association & a Member of Contemporary Applied Arts. She exhibits nationally & internationally and her work is represented widely in private and public collections.

In 2019 she was a selected ceramist in the GICB, Korea and the Westerwald Prize in Germany.  


 Carolyn is the author of Sources of Inspiration (A&C Black 2001) & Pattern, Colour & Form (A&C Black 2009).

Photo credit: Sam Titterton

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