Several different types of stoneware clays and porcelain are used to create Clare’s ceramic wall pieces. Prepared clay bodies are inlayed into one another, with lines and marks etched directly into the surface. Oxides and glazes are applied sparingly to preserve the stone-like quality of the clay. The work is once fired to 1265° in an electric kiln. All prints are hand produced fine art collagraphs and drypoint etchings often created using more than one plate.
Clare draws upon the intricate shapes and textures in the landscape for inspiration. She also reference cities, labyrinths, mathematical patterns and trees. Her appreciation of nature is in the intricate detail and this close study has led her to look at different ways of interpreting the world around her.
Clare completed her first degree in History and Art in 1985 at Reading University. She then worked in London as a Production Assistant for the BBC before travelling around South East Asia. In 1992-5 Clare lived in Japan and studied traditional Japanese Ceramics. She returned to the UK in 1996 and attained an MA in Ceramics at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. In 2008 she achieved an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
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