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Anne Barrell


I am interested in how we look at the world and in how we bestow meaning on objects. There is a history to the medium of ceramics which is linked to our industrial heritage and to our domestic lives. There is an element of the souvenir to my work, not just of a place, but of a time. I use red earthenware clay to make maritime-inspired ceramic pieces.
I am very inspired by all things to do with the sea and shipping and our British maritime heritage, as well as by modern British artists. The decoration technique of sgraffito is used with the image scratched into layers of colour on the clay. 

There is a definite Alfred Wallis feel to the sgraffito pieces with merchant ships, sailing boats, fishing trawlers, and all things to do with the sea and coast featured. Rum cups, pedestal bowls, and jugs have hand-painted boats and ships traversing stormy seas or sheltering in tree-lined harbours. As each piece is handmade and painted they all have their own character. As well as the Blue Monkey Network, I am a member of The Sussex Guild and The Crafts Council Directory. 

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Two Boats Tacking (Ceramic. 23 x 23 cm)

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Sailing By (Ceramic. 32 x 26 cm)

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Rum Cups ( Ceramic. Approx 10 cm high each)

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