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Studio 6

Meri Wells

Ceramic Portal Series 5 May – 3 July 2021

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A new series of craft work in focus from Welsh ceramic makers
Series curation: Wendy Lawrence

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Meri Wells

I work in a tin shed in a valley. The small figures come out of the hedge that I can see from the window. They march past reviving forgotten imagery of childhood stories and our cultural myths. I try to draw them in that first fleeting glimpse. They are best viewed in groups, from the perspective of personal history and the elemental associations with certain places. The larger, often lifesize pieces are, I believe, a result of disillusionment with how we repeatedly fail to sustain a functional society. So I based these on forms which inhabit a parallel universe and often they are self portraits. They are made from coiled, grogged clay and soda fired in a wood kiln to stoneware temperatures, using locally sourced slips.

My figurative sculptures are hand build and fired in a wood kiln with locally sourced slips and soda. Suitable for indoor and outdoor locations, they offer an alternative look at life, glimpsing the variations as they leak through the gaps in our reality and occasioning a double take involving memory and emotions.

All works available to purchase