I was brought up in a household dedicated to modern sculpture and architecture, and my childhood was infused with an awareness of form and space. This is the abiding focus of my work in ceramics.
An interest in landscape and archaeology first led me to study Geography & Geology at Sheffield University and then to train in Ceramics at Harrow School of Art. I spent a year travelling and painting in the Middle East and India before setting up the first workshop in London, in 1985. In 1989 I moved to Sheffield to be closer to the rivers and moorlands, which are an important inspirational resource. Since then I have exhibited in Britain and internationally, lectured in ceramics and run workshops.
The forms I am most drawn to have clarity of line or strong underlying geometry. I am greatly inspired by the landscape and natural forms, archaeological artefacts and 20th century sculpture. I walk, I look and listen attempting to sense the world around me free from preconception, and it is this that feeds my creative process. These are not conceptual sculptures – they are made as a result of instinctive engagement. Making is my way of learning about the world around me.
All my sculptures are abstract forms. They attempt to capture essences of seemingly opposite qualities: such as of chaos and order, of holding and letting go, of stillness and dynamism. I aim for these qualities in my work as it gives each piece the sense of inner energy which I hope resonates in a non literal way with the viewer.
There is a natural rhythm to the transformation from soft clay to the finished hollow form. The relatively slow speed of hand building means that the emerging form is always in process. Each work is hand burnished many times and the finished surface may be subtly textured. There is a ritual nature to the burnishing and this is repeated when the sculptures are offered to the smoke firing kiln. The low technology aspect of my working process is something I relish, because it generates a simplicity, order and quietness. The smoke fired finish combined with the bold shapes may produce a translucent and timeless sense. I hope that each work appears to sit lightly and with poise.
My work is represented in private and public collections throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and China.
Antonia Salmon 2013
Jewish Museum, The : Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal
November 10, 2016 to February 26, 2017
Burnished and smoke-fired stoneware. Classical vessels and sculptures.
Work generally available from:
Contemporary Ceramics, London 63 Gt Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3BF.
Beaux Arts Bath, 12/13 York Street, Bath, BA1 1NG
The Garden Gallery, Rookery Lane, Broughton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 8AZ
Porthminster Gallery, Fernlea Terrace, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2BH Tel: 01736 - 793978
The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE2 1AN Tel: 0191 - 2611103 www.the biscuitfactory.com
Available for lectures, workshops for potters and in art schools.
1978-81 BA Hons. Geography, Sheffield University
1981-83 Diploma in Studio Pottery, Harrow College of Art
1983-84 Travel in the Middle East and India
1985-89 First studio established in Barbican Arts Group, London
1990 Second studio established in Sheffield
1987 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
1990 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
1991 Contemporary Ceramics, CPA, London
1992 Bettles Gallery, Hampshire
1993 Aberystwth Arts Centre, Wales; Galerie Argile, Brussels, Belgium; The Harlequin Gallery, London
1995 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
1996 Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany; Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire
1997 Hart Gallery, London; Bettles Gallery, Hampshire
1998 Hart Gallery, Linby, Nottinghamshire
1999 Hart Gallery, London
2000 Candover Gallery, Hampshire
2001 Hart Gallery, London
2003 Hart Gallery, London
2005 Contemporary Studio Pottery, Devon
2007 Contemporary Ceramics, London
2008 Stour Gallery, Warwickshire
2009 Beaux Arts, Bath
2010 Cecilia Colman Gallery, London
2013 Beaux Arts, Bath
Selected Group Exhibitions
1994 Bonhams, Decorative Arts Today, London
1994 & 95 Hugo Barclay Gallery, Brighton
1995 Primavera, Cambridge; Winchester City Art Gallery, Hampshire
1996 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
1997 The Barbican Arts Centre, London; Gumps, San Francisco, California, USA
1998 Rufford Craft Gallery, Nottinghamshire; Babel Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1999 Collection Gallery, Ledbury, Herefordshire
2000 Oxford Gallery, Oxford
2001 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
2002 Derek Topp Gallery, Derbyshire
2001 & 2003 S.O.F.A., Chicago
2004 ' Collect', V&A Museum, London
2005 Loes & Reinier. Deventer. Netherland
2006 Pangolin Gallery, Gloucestershire. ‘Women in Bronze'
2008 Lund Gallery, N Yorkshire
2008 Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
2010 The New School Gallery, York
2010 Earth Marque, on-line exhibition
2012 & 2013 Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
"Raku" Tim Andrews (1994), A&C Black.
"Sawdust Firing" Karin Hessenberg (1994), Batsford.
"Pottery, A Guide to Advanced Techniques" Doug Wensley (1995), Crowood Press.
"Smoke Fired Pottery" Jane Perryman (1995), A&C Black.
"Ceramic Form, Design and Decoration" Peter Lane (1998), A&C Black.
"New British Design" Peta Levi (1998), Mitchell Beazley
‘Raku: Investigations into Fire ‘ David Jones ( 2000), Crowood Press
'Modern Pots, The Lisa Sainsbury Collection' Cyril Frankel (2001) Thames & Hudson
1992 European Festival of Ceramics, Dorset
1993 7th International Ceramics Conference, Alden Biesen, Belgium
1986 - 2013 Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire
1993 - 98 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
1994 - 2010 Earth and Fire, Rufford Ceramics Centre, Nottinghamshire
2001 - 2003 SOFA, Chicago
2005 - 2008 'Collect' Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2005 - 2013 Ceramic Art London, RCA, London
2010 - 2011 Oxford Ceramics Fair
Crafts Council Selected Index
Fellow of the Craft Potters Association
Member of Society of Designer Craftsmen.