Chalk, flint, clay, shore -
artists working in Sussex
Sylvia's new work has moved away from hand-built ceramics to wheel thrown pieces that focus on producing families of small, functional, tactile vessels which can be used in a domestic environment.
When Sylvia hand-builds, her forms are organic in response to nature but is finding that her thrown work takes its influence from utilitarian, man-made objects remembered with a sense of nostalgia from childhood - enamel ware, milk churns, milk bottles and inkwells from school days.
She has been experimenting by colouring clay with small amounts of body stain to create a pale restricted palette which suits the simple forms and as a contrast in texture and colour Sylvia has introduced both coarse and smooth black clays. The smooth clay is polished and high fired with a muted, milky stoneware glaze.
Sylvia's new work is an ongoing process of experiment and discovery within her self imposed boundaries.