In my work I draw upon the intricate shapes and textures in the landscape for inspiration. I also reference cities, labyrinths, mathematical patterns and trees.
My appreciation of nature is in the intricate detail and this close study has led me to look at different ways of interpreting the world around me. I have been researching how the worlds of art, science and spirituality converge.
Contemporary physics has redefined how we understand the world. The ‘implicate order’ as proposed by the physicist David Bohm states that all things have an underlying ‘interconnectedness’. This theory resonates with the way that I instinctively see and feel the world around me to exist. I have always been intrigued by rhythmical and repetitive patterns that repeat themselves naturally on both a large and small scale. This fascination connects with Bohm’s view and is in line with other quantum theories that each small piece may contain a microcosm of the whole. This further suggests that nature is an orderly process in the 'chaos' of the world.
Working intuitively, I sense the underlying connections and systems that reflect notions in quantum physics and the idea of unity. The resulting patterns or rhythms of lines are interrelating but there is not necessarily a sequence of events, more an underlying network of integration.
My choice of materials and working methods are crucial to the desired outcomes. Ceramic materials go through a series of transformational processes, paralleling those of the natural world, which bring a strong physical dimension to my work.
Artichoke Gallery : Elements with Clare Crouchman ceramics
October 01, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Clare Crouchman's Studio : Clare Crouchman - Winter Open studio
November 25, 2017 to November 26, 2017
Work generally available from:
- Studio showroom
- Gallery at Bevere, Bevere Lane, Worcester - Work available online
- Wetpaint Gallery Online - www.wetpaintgalleryonline.com
- Robert Fogell Gallery - Stamford, Lincolnshire www.robfogell.co.uk
- One Church Street Gallery- Great Missenden, Bucks www.onechurchstreet.com
- Stillpoint Gallery - Cleveland, Ohio, USA stillpoint-gallery.com
- The Cider Press Centre, The Craft Gallery, Dartington, Devon www.dartington.org
- Corman Arts, 24 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5DA http://www.cormanarts.com
- Jam Eton – Windsor www.jam-eton.co.uk/
- Junction Art Gallery - Oxon www.junctionartgallery.co.uk
I am happy to undertake commissions for both private and corporate clients.
My work is made with different stoneware clays and porcelain. Prepared clay bodies are inlayed into one another, with lines and marks etched into the surface. Oxides and glazes are applied sparingly to preserve the stone-like quality of the clay. The work is once fired to 1265°C in an electric kiln.
2005-8 MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge with Nick Devison
1996 MA Ceramics at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff with Geoff Swindell
1992-4 Lived in Japan and studied traditional Japanese ceramics with Japanese potter Masanobu Izumihara
1985 BA (Hons) History and Art, Reading University
'Ceramic Art London', Royal College of Art, London
'Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London', represented by One Church Street
'Affordable Art Fair, Brussels', represented by Bristol Contemporary Art
'Winter Collection', One Church Street Gallery, Bucks
'Bristol Affordable Art Fair', represented by Bristol Contemporary Art
'Cambridge Original Printmakers', Cambridge
'Art in Clay', Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
'Earth and Fire', Rufford Country Park, Nottingham
'Ross Loveday and Clare Crouchman', Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford
'February Focus', The Bevere Gallery, Worcester
Aldi Stores, Essex
John Lewis Partnership
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
Hertfordshire County Council
Private Collections Worldwide
2015 - ‘It’s Showtime’, Ceramic Review May/June Issue 273
2011 - ‘Resurgence Magazine’ – Sept-Oct Issue
2011 - 'A Passion for Pattern', Ceramic Review (Jan/Feb)