Valerie gained a Diploma in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Winchester School of Art and, though earning a living in a different world of crafts – restoring antiques, she has been creating sculptural ceramics for over 30 years and is popular with private collectors. Valerie has lived and worked in Kew since 1986 and finds much inspiration in the collections of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, from which she has developed a variety fruiting forms. She is also drawn to the coast and feels it is where her roots belong. Having grown up on the south coast, Valerie appreciates the wonder and power of the sea; and its influence can be appreciated in her ‘Wave Bowls’.
Each piece is unique. Hand built forms are created using stoneware clay-usually ‘T’ material or St. Thomas’. The ‘torsos’ are slab-built Details are modelled or lace soaked in porcelain slip. The finished forms are decorated with slips and coloured engobes using some masking techniques, followed by spray application of Valerie’s own mixed glazes as well as brush-on glazes. Some work is further embellished using lustres, including gold and platinum.
As well as hand building, Valerie is also very adept on the wheel and likes to throw wide flared bowls with unique modelled embellishments.
Shown in group exhibitions:
The Women’s Exhibition at the ICA, Mall Galleries.
Stables Gallery, Twickenham
‘Par Ici’, Twickenham
‘Oil & Water’, Contemporary Art Gallery, Wandsworth, London
‘Gallery fifty five, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire
‘Lovers Lights’, Twickenham
‘No Naked Walls’, Chertsey
‘The Morley Gallery’, London
‘Penwith Gallery’, Saint Ives, Cornwall