Clare Crouchman, ‘"Complexity I"’, 2016, Novado Gallery

Ceramic wall panel in wood float frame.
Clare Crouchman_
Artist’s Statement:

I am an artist living and working in Cambridge, UK. I work primarily with Ceramics and Printmaking.

In 1992, whist traveling in Japan, I discovered ceramics. I immediately felt an affinity with the ceramic process from the earthy, physical, raw clay to the alchemy of the kiln firing. I continued this fascination with clay by studying MA Ceramics at UWIC, Cardiff in Wales where I developed my individual technique of inlaying different clays within a two dimensional format.

I have been creating my highly distinctive ceramic wall panels since setting up my own studio in 1997. The stoneware clay has unique properties that I enjoy exploring. There are multiple textures ranging from rough, heavy grog to smooth, shiny glazed porcelain that create tactile, contrasting surfaces. The ceramic medium allows a variety of lines and marks to be utilized in my work. As well as painting layers with different stained clays and inlaying different clays, drawing into the clay is a crucial element of my work. It is in itself a contemplative process.

In 2008 I completed an MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. This has given me another fascinating medium with which to express my ideas. I use materials that have texture and a richness of surface such as carborundum and collagraph techniques and layer several plates together. My recent prints combine both the techniques of intaglio and relief printing within one print.

My fascination for the landscape has deepened over the years into an appreciation of the details. These fragments suggest that there is an orderly process in the chaos of the natural world. Within my work I use abstracted forms, particularly rhythmical and repetitive patterns, which offer reference to this ordered nature. Finding my own order in the chaos of the world is explored through the concepts of systems and mathematical patterns whilst maintaining a visual language of reduced and economical form.

Signature: Signed lower right corner.

Manufacturer: Clare Crouhman

About Clare Crouchman

British, England, United Kingdom, based in Histon, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom