Ceramic Seed Pod No. 35

Frances Pelly
Ceramic Seed Pod No. 35 by Frances Pelly is a small decorative sculpture, inspired by Frances’ love of plants and the botanical life she encounters on the island of Orkney, in Scotland, which she calls home. Hand-made using clay plaster molds, the artist uses locally gathered materials such as leaves and flowers to make decorative imprints, further incorporating nature into her design. Each ‘pod’ is personally distorted by Frances before firing to create a unique piece of artwork.

Material: Combination of throwing and hand-building clay
cm: Width 6cm, Depth 6cm, Height 10cm
inches: Width 2.4in, Depth 2.4in, Height 3.9in
Care Instructions: Wipe with cloth
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This piece was handmade by pressing clay into moulds and adding leaves or flowers to the surface, often incorporating local clay from the island which is coarse and fragile to use. Frances then lifts the clay from the mould and further shapes the form to make each ceramic pod unique – carving, rasping, and burnishing the surface to create the desired effect. After a bisque firing, sometimes oxides are lightly applied to the surface.
The Maker Frances Pelly Sculptor - Scotland

Frances Pelly has worked as a practicing sculptor since completing her postgraduate art degree in Dundee, having resided in Orkney since she was invited to be an artist in residence at the Highland Park Distillery more than 30 years ago. Frances draws a lot of inspiration from her surroundings, exploring the local land, seascape and flora in her unique forms. Frances has also travelled internationally with her work, having also completed notable residencies at Fort William Library, The Eden Project and on Baffin Island.