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Press Release - CLAYART, quintessentially: A showcase of ceramics by five ceramicists

22 July 2022

The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe, is set to host an exhibition of works collectively called CLAYART, quintessentially from 15-20 November 2022, presented by five Essex-based female ceramicists.

The showcase of clay pieces, from functional to fanciful, reflects the artists’ perception of Essex, its countryside and coastline, and the artists’ journeys in exploring their relationship with clay.

Ann Hebden’s hand-thrown porcelain vessels and gold lustre tiles are inspired by the Harwich coastline, her love of sailing and fifteenth century illuminated manuscripts.

Hailing from South Woodham Ferrers, Jacquelyn Cade-Bowyer’s hand-built porcelain and stoneware paper clay creations are highly intricate and showcase her passion for flowers and gardening. In her words: “If you suffer from pollen allergies and can’t have flowers indoors, my floral ceramics offer a practical solution”.

Judith Annakie-Eriksen uses pinching, coil building and wheel-thrown techniques to create simple forms inspired by Scandinavian design, with incised or glaze decoration influenced by African printed textiles and modern jewellery design, but all made in Langdon Hills. Porcelain is her chosen material, but Vulcan black clay is a new feature of her work.

Lucy Fowler’s pottery is hand-built using porcelain, paper clay and white stoneware. She uses her own glazes, and her work is influenced by the farm where she lives, the plants, grasses and trees near Bradwell-on-Sea.

Hullbridge based ceramicist Sandra Hall’s work is inspired by Alice in Wonderland and medieval book illustrations. Her creations in stoneware are quirky – dragons, the Green Man, witches - all weatherproof and perfect outside planters for the garden, but most of all, as she says: “Made to put a smile on your face”.

Exhibition details:

The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9DX.;

15 – 20 November 2022

Facebook: @clayart.quintessentially


Contacts for further information:

Judith Annakie-Eriksen –, or

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