Gillian Lowndes

I discovered Gillian Lowndes on a trip to The V&A whilst browsing through the contemporary ceramics room. I was immediately drawn to the rawness of her work as well as the unusual use of ceramics.

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I previously wrote a post about my visit but since seeing her work there I have continued to come across her work again and again.

She was particularly interested in subverting our idea of what ceramics was or could be, and would often combine an unusual choice of found materials within her pieces. She also sometimes broke fired pieces and reassembled them again with ceramic mortar and she would fire items with porcelain slip where they would melt and meld into something completely new and unexpected.

I find this experimental and playful approach really exciting, the idea that she didn’t follow prescriptive rules but instead just followed her own ideas. There must have been many ‘mistakes’ but what she did produce could not have been made without them.

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