Lorna Fraser’s ceramics are inspired by the complex and infinite structures she observes in the botanical world. She likes to explore the sculptural quality of plants, responding to their structure whilst selecting favourite composite shapes in order to create her own “hybrids”. Her studio is a short walk from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where she finds much of her inspiration, both in the living collection as well as the huge collection of pressed plant specimens, impressive seed pods and jars of pickled flowers and fruits stored in its herbarium.Working primarily with porcelain clay she combines traditional hand-built and industrial mould making techniques to create unique one-off pieces, small series of works and site-specific installations. A graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen she has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including Contemporary Ceramic Centre, London; Royal Scottish Academy and Cheongju International Craft Biennale, South Korea. Lorna is also part of an ongoing project Think Plastic bringing together scientists from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh and Napier University to investigate the possibilities of transferring sustainable, recyclable and environmentally responsible plastics from the laboratory into artworks.
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