Jenny Hicks Ceramics
Please browse through images of my work, which includes some of my favourite pieces. You will find my smoke fired, pit fired and raku ceramics, as well as my larger scale sculptural forms. Please feel free to contact me regarding any of my work, or to discuss specific commissions.
Clay, in all of its forms is an exciting, malleable and wonderfully diverse material. I love its tactile qualities in both it's raw state and when formed and fired into vessels and sculptures. The work that you see expresses aspects of my personality and the various influences from my life which have inspired me to become a ceramic artist.
My aim within my work is to bind the ancient to the modern and to allow this connection to expand and develop in a way that uses traditional skills and techniques, creating original contemporary designs within my ceramic practice.
The work that you see in my online Gallery is created by using a coil-building method, as opposed to throwing on a potters wheel. This technique has been used by humankind for thousands of years.
My more recent work includes larger spherical forms in which I explored the use of oxides and volcanic glazes which produce wonderful textured surfaces.
The Smoke and Pit-Fired work is decorated by applying natural combustible materials which creates a unique variety of earthy hues, giving an organic quality to the work. These forms are then carefully waxed and polished.
My designs are often inspired by my travel experiences around the world during my career as a Tour Guide. I have also been influenced by traditional pottery vessels that are still created and used in the less developed world of today, as well as ancient ceramic forms that can be viewed in museum collections across the globe.
Please contact me if you would like any further information, would like to discuss purchasing any of my work, or to discuss a future commission piece.