Heidi Warr

has the following to say about herself:

 

I was born in 1978 in the small country of Brunei. After moving back to the UK in 1980, I grew up in the sleepy Somerset village of South Petherton. At the age of 16, I studied art and design at Yeovil College.

 

After completing my studies I gained employment at Dennis Chinaworks in Somerset, one of the leading studio art potteries in the country. Initially, I began by glazing pots and after a short time was offered a position as a decorator. I loved working with clay and rose through the ranks to principle decorator. After 15 years working at the Chinaworks, I am privileged to know that some of my finest pieces of decoration have sold for thousands at Bonhams Auction House (London) and others are still displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum.  

 

I have always been drawn to all things artistic and love art in all its forms. I am particularly influenced by the works of MC Escher, William Morris, William De Morgan, the Pre-Raphaelite painters and Celtic artwork. The way art can capture culturally significant events or times in history also inspires me. I like to contemplate how an art form makes me feel and think about what the artist was trying to convey. When I discover the meaning of a piece of art, I connect with it on a deeper level. It is essential that my ceramic artwork has a particular meaning or significance.

 

The pieces I create are slab built earthenware towers. Each piece is handmade individually and I am responsible for all aspects; working with the raw clay, decoration and glazing the final finished piece. The shape of the tower is designed to introduce a modern contemporary feel to my ceramic art pottery. The flat surface also means that I can maximise the designing possibilities, rather than limiting a design to the shape of a circular piece.

 

I decorate the pieces using traditional methods including slip-trailing, incising and different brush techniques with under-glaze colours, stains and oxides. These methods date back hundreds of years and I feel it is important to keep these traditions alive. The decoration process is very labour intensive and each one is certainly a labour of love. Because each piece is individually made, no two will be identical. There will always be something in the construction, decoration or the glazing process that makes each piece unique.    

 

AD Antiques held my first exhibition in March 2012 and I am thrilled that my debut range received such positive acclaim. It feels like my journey as a ceramic artist is just beginning. I am brimming with design ideas to take ceramic artwork in different directions, building on its long and established history and merging it with the contemporary. I really look forward to sharing my journey with you.