Amanda Rachel Toms (BA Hons)
Amanda’s sculptural pieces reflect the landscape they are inspired by.
''The process of ceramics never ceases to fascinate me, it is such a complex mixture of art, craft, raw materials, heat and alchemy. I love the excitement of exploring, testing, and designing new work. ''
The boat sculptures tell a story, of being in the elements, weathering storms, being pulled over pebbles up the beach, the layered surfaces are created overtime and take on a colourful patina. Wrecks begin to develop the appearance of a discovered ancient artefact.
The dramatically changing and colourful cliffs sea stacks and caves of the Isle of Wight coastline are a great source of inspiration for many of my designs. A mix of chalk, flint, red, grey, purple marl clays, blue slipper and coloured sands combine to make a varied and interesting landscape. There are places along the coast where small rivers cut through the cliff and flow towards the sea creating deep Chines and depositing gravel onto the sands. On the cliff top rugged trees and wildflowers cling, shaped by the wind with roots exposed. All these elements translate so naturally into the language of ceramics.
Forms I enjoy making and return to frequently such as Vases and bottles are thrown and altered to include areas of added movement. I am attracted to asymmetric, oval or flattened shapes that pick up on the eroded forms of the landscape.
Lidded boxes which are imagined to hold small treasures are slab-built with bands of textured clay wrapped around, they have neatly locking lids and incorporate decorative elements such as knots and fish. The Small Bud vases with impressed leaves are made from soft slabs and look great in small groups as well as making individual accents. These little vases are perfect for a single stem or small posy of flowers from the garden.
Generally the completed work is glaze fired in my electric kiln and made of earthenware clays, slips, grogs, sand, glass with a few selected materials from the beach, occasionally porcelain and higher temperature firings are used.
My ceramics are regularly shown at Yarmouth Gallery on the Isle of Wight
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