Fiona's current work is named The Angel's Share. The composition, colour, and rhythm of her free standing abstract ceramic assemblages, are informed by early Italian Renaissance painting; namely Duccio di Buoninsegna’s (d.1319) Maesta in Siena Cathedral and Giotto di Bondone’s (d.1337) Arena Chapel frescoes in Padua. Joseph Cornell's assemblages and the poets Emily Dickinson and Rilke also have their place. Gaston Bachelard's wonderful book The Poetics of Space is insightful.
The Angel’s Share is an industry term for the portion of whisky lost in evaporation in the cask barrel. Here it is a metaphor for the poetics of the temporal soul. The soul is domestic. It likes a house and it daydreams in this cosy place. These daydreams share certain properties for the soul reflects on itself through form and image.
In Fiona's work the rectangle is terrestrial, an abode. The circle is aerial. There is cosmic tension between the two. These forms may be present as themselves or embedded in motifs such as a shallow box, a recessed lair, a window, a beaker. Fiona's distilled ceramic rectangles and circles are repeated images of interiority locating the angel’s share, within the viewer. It is the human spirit which is immense and sonorous. The subject is the viewer.
Fiona's previous work, black sculptural vessels 55cm across feature in the following books:
Natural Glazes, Collecting and Making, by Miranda Forrest;AC & BLack, £16.99, ISBN 9781408156667
Additions To Clay Bodies, by Kate Standen;
AC & Black, £16.99, ISBN 9781408153949,
Fiona completed a postgraduate MA in Ceramics (with distinction) at Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) in 2015, having completed a BA Hons in ceramics at Glasgow School of Art in 2008. She also has a BA Hons in Fine Art from Goldsmiths Collage of Art, London.
Year Established: July 2008
Fiona curated the 2013 cross media exhibition, 'Changing Ground, art and land', supported by a Creative Scotland Quality Production Award, in association with The Barony Centre, West Kilbride, Craft town Scotland as part of the Year of Natural Scotland. A publication is available from the venue.
2013 Runner Up, Aberystwyth International Ceramics Festival (ICF) Emerging Maker Award
2010 Artist Development Grant, Clackmannanshire Council