Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of select works by ceramic sculptor Fiona
Waterstreet. Creating birds and abstract sculptures from porcelain, Waterstreet sculpts clay into
unique forms. A reception to celebrate this exhibition will be held Friday, December 28th from 5-8pm. All are invited to attend.
Although she has no particular affinity to the animal, Waterstreet’s creations seem to exemplify the je
ne sais quoi of a bird. The arch of the neck, the angle of the head, and the details of the beak, all
remind the viewer of a bird’s universal nature. Imprinting an organic aesthetic in each piece, the viewer
can see the tangible presence of Waterstreet’s hand. United by this tactile quality, each of
Waterstreet’s birds have a particular character that comes to life through the undulations of the
sculpted clay. Captivating alone or grouped together, her birds effortlessly display the whimsical, lighthearted
nature of the animal. Waterstreet also sculpts forms that look like vases or antique jugs from
porcelain. Exuding a similar aesthetic, these sculptures express Waterstreet’s passion for working the
clay into inimitable forms. Always alluring, all of Waterstreet’s works are beautiful additions to spaces
in need of playful yet mysterious intrigue.
Waterstreet is deeply fascinated by the wealth of experience that comes from sculpting clay. Bringing
a form to life within her hands, Waterstreet enjoys the meditative process that begins in water and
minerals and ends in anticipation as it transforms within a fiery kiln. She began throwing clay nine
years ago at the Greenwich House Pottery Studio in New York. After learning how to make cylinders
and bowls, Waterstreet reached a point where she wanted to make something more dynamic with the
clay. Treasuring the freedom of sculpting the material with her hands, Waterstreet created her own
distinct artform of abstract objects. Born in England, Waterstreet moved to America in the early 1980s
and currently lives and works in New York City.