Trudy Weir

'Clay is such an interesting medium to work with. Take a trip to any ceramics fair and it soon becomes evident the possibilities are endless. In 2006 I was lucky to be able to take early retirement from my previous career as dentist and take up an art degree . The degree was in 3D Contemporary Craft and during that time I became increasingly drawn to working with clay, graduating in 2009 with a First Class Honours Degree from York University. I then set up a studio in York where I made handcrafted ceramic pieces until moving to Sheffield in 2013 and now I work from a studio in my garden.


For some time now I have been mistreating clay. I work almost entirely in stoneware focusing on creating surface patterns using the combination of several different clay bodies. I produce surface pattern by laminating the different clay bodies together in a thick slab and then after the addition of coloured slips the clay is stretched and slashed to create the surface pattern. The resulting patterned slab is then used to make a piece. Work is seldom glazed as I don't want to obscure the surface pattern I have worked hard to achieve. If you look hard at my work you might find a reference to glass clad buildings, tree bark, quilting, and trompe l'oeil, but as my work progresses these are more difficult to see.'

2018 by blue tree gallery

23 Bootham, York, North Yorkshire, UK, YO30 7BW.

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