From humble beginnings is a temporary installation that explores the materiality of clay. Located at the Watts Gallery Artist’s village in Compton, the project draws from the use of clay extraction for building materials from the seams of clay that stretch for miles across the Surrey Hills. Clay has been dug for making bricks, tiles and pottery in many parts of the region, the signature characteristics of the material have created a distinct heritage and landscape dating back as far as history.
Using a mixture of raw and fired locally-sourced Weald clay, the work will evolve over time, exposing the viewer to the different stages of using the material, observing insights and interpretations of the making process. It will also demonstrate the simple construction capabilities of familiar geometric units formed by simple moulds.
Explored through a series of shapes and described by incised words the project will expose the qualities of clay: its stability and fragility from changes in moisture and its invaluable source of recording moments in history when fired to ceramic.
This installation will be on view throughout September in the Limnerslease woodlands at Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey GU3 1DQ.
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Steven Edwards is an emerging artist based in Surrey. His work explores the materiality of clay – both in how it records mark-making during the making process, and the context of the ceramic object in the space and cultural time where it was created.
Steven’s background is in both ceramics and graphics. The cross over between the two disciplines is evident in his work. He is currently studying for an MA in Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.