Valerie gained a Diploma in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Winchester School of Art and, though having earned a living in a different world of crafts – restoring antiques, she has continued to create sculptural ceramics; her work 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 developed a variety of fruiting forms whilst being mentored by Sandra Eastwood, RA. She is also drawn to the coast and the sea feeling it is where her roots belong, having grown up on the south coast. Valerie feels the wonder and power of the sea; and its influence can be appreciated in her ‘Wave Bowls’.
Examples are currently on view in the ‘Seaward Gallery’ 14-16, Broad St, Deal CT14 6ES
Each piece is unique. Hand built forms are slab-built using her own plaster formers. Additions are modelled, some with details such as porcelain slip-soaked lace. Finished forms are decorated with slips and coloured engobes, followed by spray application of Valerie’s own mixed glazes as well as brush-on glazes. After firing to stoneware temperatures, some work is further embellished using lustres, including gold and platinum.
Shown in group exhibitions:
‘Penwith Gallery’, St. Ives, Cornwall
‘The Mall Galleries’, The Mall London.
‘Linden Hall Studios’, Deal, Kent
‘Seaward Gallery’, Deal, Kent
‘The Morley Gallery’, London
Stables Gallery, Twickenham
‘Oil & Water’, Contemporary Art Gallery, Wandsworth, London
‘Gallery fifty five, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire
‘No Naked Walls’, Chertsey