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Retail Gallery Exhibition

Sarah Noël

11 July – 20 September 2015

Ceramic artist Sarah Noël lives and works on the Gower peninsula, South Wales. Born and brought up in Mumbles, she completed a Foundation course in Swansea and studied Ceramics (BA Hons) at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

I am fascinated with medieval figurative wood and stone carvings. I admire their simplicity of form imbued with solemn spirituality, and their dynamic forms powerfully communicate a contemplative mood, a stillness, a knowing of ‘something other’. I find the same beguiling qualities in European and American Folk art. 

Sketching is an intrinsic part of Sarah’s working process, continually filling sketchbooks with pen and ink drawings of figures, buildings, boats, angels and ecclesiastical grotesques, and her work springs from these influences. Her male and female figures and boat images are constructed out of clay cylinders and slabs to create stylized forms. Some pieces are decorated by pouring over washes of oxides, stains or slips, allowing the colours to run freely over the forms, adding to their mystery and spirituality. Most often pieces are high-fired earthenware. On occasions she employs smoke fire or raku techniques to create different effects on the pieces.

All works are available to purchase. For more information please call 01824 704774.