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Retreat is a ceramic sculpture by Claire Loder which builds upon the theme of the covered face that runs through many of her pieces. The woman in the piece is peering through flowers that are not entirely natural or wild, referencing the flora found in urban spaces and an inherent need to immerse ourselves in nature wherever we can find it.
Material: White Clay.
Dimensions: Height: 30cm, Width: 21cm, Depth: 11cm
Care Instructions: Lightly dust.
Retreat is a single-fired piece constructed from white clay slabs. The surface of the piece is covered with porcelain flowers, with straight lines etched in between them flooded with a bright red underglaze.
Claire Loder is an artist, writer and educator based in Bath. Having originally trained in Illustration and Graphic Design at Bath Spa University, she then completed an MA in Ceramics from University of Wales Cardiff Institute in 2006 and received the Crafts Council’s Next Move Award. Her book ‘The New Ceramics - Sculpting and Handbuilding’ was published by Bloomsbury in 2013. Claire’s sculptures are a combination of intuitive construction, tactility and off-kilter form. The stony faces she crafts are lighter than they appear, the hollow interiors a repository for thoughts, feelings and emotions of both subject and viewer.
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