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ABOVE Now You See Me
  • LEFT Grande Odalisque
  • MIDDLE The Cowboy and the Red Teaset
  • RIGHT No head for Heights

Jude Jelfs

Foundation Course Somerset College of Art & Design
Dip. AD in Fine Art (Sculpture and Painting) Gloucester College of Art & Design (working mainly in bronze)
1973 Set up Cotswolds studio with John Jelfs.
Professional Member of The Craft Potters association.

Jude's current pots are flat, almost 2-dimensional, slab-built earthenware or porcelain vessels. The shapes are cut from flat sheets of clay then curved and assembled as in dressmaking. They are decorated with layers of vitreous (glass-forming) slips, burnished, then sgraffito lines are drawn through one layer to expose another. They are biscuit fired one or more times, and are glazed inside. 

Jude's starting point was life drawing. She is interested in how the human form can be represented and abstracted, can be a vessel in every sense; how one (living) form can become another distinct kind of form. 

Jude returned to bronze as a working material after 30 years, and have been awarded Arts Council funding to develop my ideas.

Recent Exhibitions:
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
The Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
Alpha House gallery, Sherbourne
Contemporary Ceramics, London
Candover Gallery, Arlesford
Derek Topp Gallery, Matlock
Once in a Blue moon Gallery, Massachusetts, USA
Patchings Arts Centre, Nottingham
Artist in Residence, Aberystwyth International Festival of Ceramics 2005
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art
Terra Viva Gallery, France
Ropewalk Gallery, Barton-on Humber

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