Carol Pask

I am a ceramic artist working in stoneware and porcelain, combining traditional methods to create sculptural pieces, which are often fused with metal, wood or slate.  Since graduating from Norwich University of the Arts I have worked from my studio on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.

 My work is of a semi abstract nature and evolves as a response to both the beauty and fragility of my rural surroundings.  Shapes and images are distilled into non-representational interpretations with just the essence remaining in the finished sculptural work.

 Each piece is hand built from stoneware clay and when leather hard carefully burnished with a spoon or stone to produce the smooth surface, the work is then fired in an electric kiln.  After the initial firing the pieces are smoke fired in an outdoor kiln with a variety of combustibles and oxides which give subtle shades of grey and brown which I feel enhances the organic and natural quality of the clay.  I seek a balance between the controlled structure of the work and the chaos of the firing, bringing unpredictability and individuality to each piece