Shepherd Ceramics
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I aim to create pieces that have a balance, in being both functional and sculptural, decorative and conversational.

My ceramic work is characterised by textured, patterned surfaces, earthy, jewel tones, and organic forms that evolve through a process of constant exploring and experimenting.

The tactile surfaces often evoke a strong natural response in people that is both curious and playful. There is an instant, almost child-like, desire to feel the dotted forms or the thick drip of the glaze, and it’s a pleasure to witness.

As a maker, the focus is on pushing my skills and exploring new techniques, hence why confining myself to just one process doesn’t work. I need to slip-cast and hand build, press-mould and extrude, coil and pinch. Using a combination of techniques (sometimes at the same time) means I can manipulate the clay in a way that best executes the ideas I have in my head.

I work mainly in Porcelain, being drawn initially to the purity of colour and the smooth texture, but also enjoying the challenges that using porcelain brings. By contrast, I like the ease in which I can manipulate stoneware clays, and the earthy, textured surface and tones of these clay bodies. I find I am increasingly incorporating stoneware into my work, as both a contrast to porcelain, but also as a way of cementing my creative style, across different clays.

Sarah Shepherd

 

Upcoming Events:

Past Events, Exhibitions and Experience:

Welbeck Winter Weekend
The Harley Gallery, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, November 2018

'Artist In Residence' University Show
De Montfort University, Leicester, June 2018

De Montfort University Christmas Craft Fair
De Montfort University, Leicester, December 2017

Artist in Residence
De Montfort University, Leicester, September 2017 – July 2018

Studio assistant to Hannah Tounsend
Leicester, July 2017 – December 2017
This was a fantastic opportunity for me, as I got to assist in the making of 3 large scale vessels, commissioned for the British Ceramics Biennial 2017 (BCB). This was an opportunity set up through the DMU Graduate Champions Scheme.


New Designers, Part 1
Business Design Centre, Islington, London, June 2017

DMU Art and Design Degree Show
De Montfort University, Leicester, June 2017

Collective
De Montfort University, Leicester, May 2016
A group exhibition, organised by students, to showcase our 2nd year University work.

‘Artist in Residence’ University Show, De Montfort University, June 2018

‘Artist in Residence’ University Show, De Montfort University, June 2018

 
CLOSE UP: ‘Artist in Residence’ University Show, De Montfort University, June 2018

CLOSE UP: ‘Artist in Residence’ University Show, De Montfort University, June 2018

Assisting Hannah Tounsend in preparation for the British Ceramics Biennial , July 2017 (Photo: Dave Usher)

Assisting Hannah Tounsend in preparation for the British Ceramics Biennial , July 2017 (Photo: Dave Usher)