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Sasha Wardell has been working in bone china since 1982 after completing
both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in ceramics in the UK. These
included industrial training periods at L'Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs in
Limoges and the design studio at the Royal Doulton factory, Stoke on Trent.
Slip cast bone china vases, bowls, wall lights and pendant lights.
Layered and Sliced/Incised coloured bone china slip. Also water erosion. 1260°C Firing in Electric Kiln. Polished, no glaze.
Bone china is a very seductive material to work with, possessing qualities of intense whiteness, translucency and strength. It is a very 'single-minded' clay, which forces the maker to work with clarity and precision. Its technical inflexibility and idiosyncratic making and firing characteristics might easily be a deterrent to investigation, however I consider these restrictions and limitations a challenge to
I have adapted the industrial techniques associated with bone china production of mould making and slip casting to studio production. My particular interests lie in the translucent properties of this material and the differing degrees of luminosity possible. In order to enhance these qualities in my work I have developed three variations of decoration which aim to exploit this characteristic .
The first focuses on specific points of translucency by using a 'slicing and layering' technique. Subtle facets on the curved outer surface of the pieces involve slicing through 3 or 4 coats of different coloured slips to reveal underlying and increasingly transparent layers. Similar techniques exist in glass production which serve as the inspiration and starting point for this body of work. The second technique uses the same layering process as above, however, marks are made with a loop tool to 'incise' or gouge through the layers. This has the same effect of revealing the underlying colours until the interior layer is exposed.
1956 Born in Negombo, Sri Lanka
Since 1982 has widely exhibited both Nationally and Internationally
1997 Eton Applied Arts, Windsor; Bettles Gallery, Ringwood; Galerie Epona, Paris; Printemps des Potiers, Bandol, France; Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames; Derek Topp Gallery, Derbyshire
1998 Auction for Terrence Higgins Trust, Rufford Arts Centre, Notts;
'British Week Exhibition' Mayenne, France; Hugo Barclay, Brighton;
European Crafts Conference and Exhibition, Namur, Belgium
2000 Ceramic Biennial 2000, Lucerne, Switzerland; 'White Gold' European Ceramics, Knaresborough, Yorks
2001 'Expanding Our Views' Loes and Reinier Gallery, Deventer, The
Netherlands; Solo Show at Marianne Brand Gallery, Carouge, Switzerland;
Wohnen und Kunst Handwerk, Hamburg, Germany
2003 'Finely Fired' Craft in the Bay, Cardiff; RSBA, Birmingham; 'White Pieces' Rufford Craft Centre, Notts; "White Porcelain' St. Joseph Gallery, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
2004 'White weddings', Contemporary Applied Arts, London; 'Coloured Porcelain', St.Joseph Gallery, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands; 'Coup de Bols,' Belgium; 'Talent Show', Wedgwood, Japan
2005 Window exhibition , Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; 'Naked Clay', Rufford Crafts Centre, Notts. Book launch exhibitions at Raglan Gallery, Manly, Australia; Fg3 Gallery, Hobart Tasmania; King's Park, Perth, Western Australia 'Jubilee Exhibition' St. Joseph Galerie, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
2006 'The Yard' Nijimegen, The Netherlands; Loes and Reinier Gallery, Deventner, The Netherlands; Black Swan Gallery, Frome, Somerset; Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; 'Porcelain Show' Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW, Australia; Castle Museum, Inverness; Castle Museum, Inverness; Ceramics Ireland Festival, Kilkenny and Thomastown.
2007 Short course tutors exhibition, West Dean, Chichester; Porcelain Exhibition, 'Craft Focus' Devon Guild, Bovey Tracey; Avantcraft project - exhibitions in Kilkenny, Ireland, Paris, France, Coimbra, Portugal, Lugo, Spain, CPA 50th Anniversary show, Bevere Gallery, Worcestershire; Midland Potters show, RBSA, Birmingham; Porcelain Bowl exhibition, St. Joseph's Gallery, Leeuwarden.2008 Biennial of Ceramics, Andenne, Belgium; “Whiteware’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London; Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth; “Celebrate”, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey; Bonhams Contemporary Ceramics Sale, Knightsbridge, London; ‘Happy Christmas Clay’ Galerie Puls, Brussels; ‘Crafted’ Winchester
2008 Biennial of Ceramics, Andenne, Belgium; “Whiteware’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London; Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London; Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth; “Celebrate”, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey; Bonhams Contemporary Ceramics Sale, Knightsbridge, London; ‘Happy Christmas Clay’ Galerie Puls, Brussels; ‘Crafted’ Winchester
2009 ‘Select’ , Gallery Top, Derbyshire; Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London; Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon; Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford; Art in Clay, Hatfield.
2010 Beaux Arts , Bath; Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall; Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford; Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Porcelain Show, Turnhout Art Academy, Belgium.
2011 ‘Select 2’ , Gallery Top, Derbyshire; Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art, London; Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon.
1984 Grand Prix at 1st World Triennial of Small Ceramics, Zagreb
Slipcasting, Sasha Wardell (A&C Black) 1997/2007 (2nd Edition)
Los Angeles Art and Craft Museum, U.S.A.
1998 Ikebana foyer display commissioned by Takashimaya Store, Osaka, Japan
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