Solo Ceramic Showcase
1st Aug – 28th October 2017
Anna Lambert makes hand built earthenware ceramics for the wall and for the table that relate to place. Using a range of techniques including altered clay slabs, modelling and painted slips, Anna‘s new work reflects a growing interest in her locality and to the fragile and constantly changing environment, responding to places as diverse as flooded valleys, degraded moorland and bird filled hedgerows. Inspired by Romanticism and new nature writing, she is engaging with a common language beyond pastoral sentimentality; interpreting memories and observation through drawing to make best use of the abstract nature of pots, their spaces, edges and surfaces, and developing a new range of techniques to alter, impress and colour the clay parts. Each piece is finished with a transparent lead based glaze and fired to 1090ºC.
Anna studied 3D design and ceramics at Bath Academy of Art and University of Central Lancashire. A full time maker since 1980, her many solo exhibitions include The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Contemporary Ceramics, Centre, London and galleries in Europe and USA. She exhibits regularly at major ceramics fairs such as Ceramic Art London. Anna is also a part time lecturer (MA Ceramics, UcLan) and occasionally runs short courses.
A word from Anna:
"This spring I have been working on two particular themes; my interest in the changes in landscape due to flood control in the Aire valley and it’s watershed, land drainage (and it’s removal), leaky dams, flood plains and levees and a group of pieces looking at orchards and their regeneration. My visits to Parceval Hall near Appletreewick have been particularly poignant since it is a place we visit at times of distress and convalescence. I was delighted by the new plantings in the orchard. Apple trees represent simple or humble abundance and are recognised internationally as a symbol of regeneration (Johnny Appleseed, Tree of Knowledge in Eden, etc)."
Photography above by Ben Boswell.