Curve and Form is a curated selection of sculptural ceramics by Halima Cassell, Merete Rasmussen, Katharina Klug, Patricia Volk and Abi Wills. These artist show a unique ability to freely express their creative visions using material of specific tactile qualities in three dimesions.
Known for her signature abstract forms brought to life with colour this online exhibition of Merete Rasmussen’s sculptural ceramics brings together a dazzling selection of new free standing and wall hung ceramic works.
Pangolin London are delighted to present a brand new body of work from sought after Danish ceramic sculptor, Merete Rasmussen. Many of the sculptures were made during lockdown but defy any negative associations of the pandemic rather defiantly combine beautiful organic forms with extraordinarily vibrant colours.
Each work takes many weeks to make by hand. Describing her work and process Rasmussen says:
‘I work with abstract form. I’m interested in continuous surface and clear, clean lines and I also work with negative and positive space. I work by sketching in clay and then building the from throughout and then working on the surface once its finished. It’s a slow process, the way I’m working…I just really enjoy working with the material, it’s really smooth, it’s quiet, it’s meditative in a way, I mean I spend hours on the scraping and working on the surface and the edges and so on’.
“My work focuses primarily on the exploration of shapes on the pottery wheel. This tool allows me to find endless variations on an old theme: the vessel.”
Raised in a busy Austrian pottery, Katharina Klug was experimenting with clay as soon as she could reach the pedals on her mother’s wheel. Since setting up her business in Cambridge in 2016, Klug’s work has been showered with accolades – from being selected for Rising Stars at the New Ashgate Gallery to receiving the Silver Award (Ceramics) in the Craft&Design Selected Maker Awards in 2013, Katharina was short listed for the former again in 2020.
Born in Pakistan, brought up in Lancashire and now living in Shropshire, Halima Cassell’s broad, multi-cultural background is tangibly present in her work. Her natural creativity presented itself at an early age and was nurtured to fruition as Cassell carved her way through an art-based education: an undergraduate degree in 1997 and an MA in 2002.
The culmination of this process is Cassell’s precociously mature work. In a perfect marriage of her Asian roots to her fascination for African pattern work and her deep passion for architectural geometry, Cassell’s work is intense yet playful, structured yet creative; substantial and dynamic and invariably compelling in its originality.
Combining strong geometric elements with recurrent patterns and architectural principles, Cassell’s work utilises definite lines and dramatic angles in an attempt to manifest the universal language of numbers and create an unsettling sense of movement.
To achieve these effects she uses relatively dense surfaces and solid forms to carve to her chosen depth. Cassell concentrates on simple forms as the basis of her work in order to maximise the impact of the complex surface patterns in combination with heavily contrasting contours.
Patricia Volk’s work explores the relationship between form and colour. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Volk always felt an affinity to art but was denied the opportunity and support to apply to art school. 20 years later and after a successful career in advertising, Volk sat down one night to sketch. Within a year she has applied to study ceramic design and the rest is history.
Volk prefers not to meditate on the construction of her works before she creates. Instead preferring to assemble shapes and lines as she goes, enjoying the organic formations which her sculpture’s find. Colour too is an important concept to Volk who prefers to take inspiration from the bright and bold colours of the past.
Curve and Form Pangolin Gallery London, UK Through 21 May 2022 https://www.pangolinlondon.com/
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