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Antonia Salmon

Since 1985 Antonia Salmon has worked with hand burnished and smoke fired ceramic vessels and sculpture. This ancient method of pot making, has been adapted to modern urban living. The dramatically flashed or subtly smoked surfaces enhance her powerful forms, to imbue them with a sense of quiet tension and timelessness.

“The richest working moments for me are when an unexpected emotional trigger connects with a visual memory. An initial flurry of creative activity is followed by months of steady work to find the resolved form. This internal drive often parallels (unconscious) states of mind while the visual inspiration may be sourced from walks in the Yorkshire countryside absorbing the views of rock formations, the folding hills, stone walls, tree bark, twigs, pools.” Antonia also seeks inspiration from ancient artifacts, Classical and 20th century sculpture, but rarely from the world of ceramics, other than the work of Hans Coper.

Antonia Salmon is one of the few ceramicists who have successfully made the transition from vessel to sculptural form in ceramics, and more recently being selected to have work cast in bronze by Pangolin foundry.

I considered asking Antonia to show in the gallery in the early years of opening, then decided her reputation was far too established! It is a complement she pays us in agreeing to have an exhibition of her work here this autumn. Sarah Stoten

Antonia’s work is represented in public and private collections in Europe, North America and Japan. She is a fellow of the Craft Potters Association .

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