Her inspiration for her forms comes from living in South Devon and time spent on the coast collecting smooth pebbles and shells from the beach. These Naked Clay forms then become a blank canvas for the smoke to decorate.
Presently her work is influenced by Ferns and plants that grow near her home in Bovey Tracey on the edge of Dartmoor.
The forms evolve into various objects – Simply sculptural; candle pods; clocks and Garden pods. She also makes tiles to create wonderful Smokey tiled mirrors.
White stoneware and 'T' material, hand-built and smoke fired.
Bridget also collaborates with Artist/Blacksmith Spencer Larcombe, who makes wonderful stands for her eggs and Spheres to nestle in. These vary from small tabletop ones and wall hangings to larger more dramatic pieces.
The Mirrors shown above are Bridget's latest creations, Hand made ceramic tiles are water etched to give texture then smoke fired in wood shavings. The tiles are mounted around a removable mirror and the wood has been burnt to enhance the smoky appearance.
Inspiration for the water etched texture comes from Nature, the marks left in the sand when the tide retreats and ripples in water.
Work generally available from:
Contemporary Studio Pottery
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF
The Mythic Garden, Stone Farm Chagford, TQ13 8JU - Garden Sculpture
Church House Designs, Congresbury, Bristol, North Somerset BS49 5DG
The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN
The Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Kingsley Road, Bideford, N. Devon EX39 2QQ
Wave 7 Gallery, Plain Street, Trelights, Port Isaac, Cornwall PL29 3TW
and directly by contacting the potter.
Available for Demonstrations and workshops.
Teaching Oualifications - Bridget has a certificate in education to teach post 16, for which she teaches day courses in Smoke firing Ceramics and Adult Education Classes. She also teaches for `Big Hand Little Hand' a Devon Guild Education department initiative, RAMM and other organisations.
She also teaches Silk Painting to adults, as well as having run day courses for DAISI and independently in other Primary schools.
She is always open to talking about residencies for schools and commissions of her work and can be contacted via her website or email.
Bisque fired in an electric kiln to 980deg. C. then smoke fired in wood shavings. All work is burnished, some is water etched, other are left and resist decorated before smoke firing.
1979-1980 South Devon College, Foundation Course in Art
1993-1994 Arts Access Course, Estover Community College, Plymouth, A Level GCSE, Arts and Crafts Grade B
1994-1997 BA Hons, Art and Design with Recreation Studies, College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth 2:1
1997-1999 Adult Education Teaching Certificate City and Guilds Stage 1 & 2 at Sealey College, Kingsteignton in partnership with Exeter College
1999-2000 Certificate of Education, Rolle College, University of Plymouth