Ginger Fig Gallery
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Born into a farming family in the far South West of Cornwall, I have always had a love of wildlife adn nature. Unfortunately the farming bug skipped a generation with me, and I now work part time as a teaching assistant in a local primary school. When I'm not at school you can find me in my garden studio playing with clay, predominantly porcelain. It's something I discovered while studing my Foundation Diploma at University college, Falmouth. I joined as a mature student and studied part time from 2005 to 2008. During this time I was working with a little girl with a visual impairment and the importance of tactile objects has carried forward into my ceramics. The work I create needs to be held, picked up and enjoyed. I use leaves and grasses to press into the clay and create subtle texture. Many of the most beautiful details come from the leaves of teh most ordinary plants, such as bramble, often overlooked for its beauty! I make slip cast birds and small decorative objects which sit beautifully in the hand but look equally attractive perched on small blocks of oak or hanging from zinc wire. I colour the porcelain slip with subtle shades of pink, blue and green. I am always experimenting with new ideas and have been having great fun using lace within my work with some unexpected results. I feel there is so much more to learn about ceramics, I don't think it will ever be something I get tired of.
julia crimmen
julia crimmen
 
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