Torn by artist Sarah Purvey is a decorative vessel which forms part of an ongoing series exploring Sarah's intensely physical connection to her work. Throughout her process, Sarah explores clay, drawing and mark making, resulting in powerful, sculptural ceramics which combine monumentality and subtlety. Each piece is coiled using heavily grogged stoneware clays, which she then draws into so they become charged with her own emotional landscape. This particular piece features a tactile and textured surface which is scored directly into the exterior of the vessel and topped with an ochre slip finish.
Material: Grogged stoneware clays
cm: Width 26cm, Height 47cm
inches: Width 10.2in, Height 18.5in
Care Instructions: Avoid contact with clothing, dust with a dry clean paintbrush
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This vessel is coiled with heavily grogged stoneware. Visible from within the form, each coil applied leaves a trace of the process behind, revealing the rhythm of the build. While the clay is still raw and at its most responsive and energised, the piece is scored by tools to create a tactile surface, and painted with ochre slip before being fired.
The Maker Sarah Purvey Artist & Maker - South West England

Artist Sarah Purvey, based in South West England, is a celebrated ceramicist and illustrator whose work is represented by galleries both nationally and internationally. After graduating in 1991, Sarah worked on various collections and exhibitions, before returning to Bath Spa University in 2009 to complete a MA in Ceramics. Sarah’s work explores personal emotional landscape through drawing. Working on both paper and in clay during the making process, each piece carries an emotional charged connection to time and place.