Fiona Byrne-Sutton’s large press moulded vessels are physical, expressive of geological processes. Each is unique. In digging up the orange firing clays of central Scotland and using local plants, our natural heritage, she is developing an imaginative geopoetics of place from her Glasgow studio. Orange slips and motifs interact with mixed dark clays, black being the twist in the vessels’ narrative which makes the audience reflect. Embedded with vermiculite, copper wire and once fired, each vessel is a balance of risk and control, its transformation into ceramic echoes the narrative twists of folktales.
Her next south Glasgow evening pottery classes run Tues 19 March - Tues 14 May, 7-9pm.
Her ceramics features in two forthcoming books:
Natural Glazes, Collecting and Making, by Miranda Forrest;
THE NEW CERAMICS series, AC & BLack, £16.99, ISBN 9781408156667, forthcoming in March 2013
Additions To Clay Bodies, by Kate Standen;
THE NEW CERAMICS series, AC & Black, £16.99, ISBN 9781408153949, forthcoming in May 2013
Exhibitions: Fiona is co-curating the exhibition, Changing Ground, art and land,(TBC) at The Barony Centre, Main St, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR which runs 19 July - 15 September 2013.
Fiona runs mobile pottery classes, workshops and public art projects for adults and children in schools, hospitals and community settings. The projects often feature your local clay and a walk to explore the landscape.
Fiona undertakes commissions making bespoke vessels, fire place surrounds, tiles with her client's garden clay and soil which she digs up.
Fiona retrained in ceramics at Glasgow School of Art in 2008 having previously done an MA in Social Anthropology at Cambridge in 1982 and also a BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths School of Art in 1980.
Year Established: July 2008
Artist Development Grant, Clackmannanshire Council 2010
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