Withers, Penny


Spinning clay gives out an energy that I attempt to capture. My work consists of fluid sketches in clay with surfaces that ripple and undulate, thrown with both great physical vigour and sensitivity of touch. My aim is to achieve a harmony of balance and proportion that allows the forms to stand alone, visually centred yet subliminally, discharging swirls of energy into the surrounding, negative space. Monochrome glazes with a satin sheen reflect a range of tones as light pours over planes and edges. Surface references are also made to particular places or points in time by brushwork and painterly use of combined glazes.