Chantal has been working with clay for over twenty years and has exhibited in many art fairs and galleries, showing non-functional vessels and sculptural forms.
Chantal loves the process of hand building ceramics. The act of forming, using slabs of clay to create vessels and sculptural pieces, invites interesting shapes, welcome imperfections and non-uniformity, often revealing the maker’s unique marks.
The ideas for Chantal’s current work were developed during the Covid-19 lockdowns and feature textured surfaces on which thoughts and emotions are conveyed using colour, slip, chalk, pencil and tool marks. Everything is applied instinctively in an abstract style following no specific plan, although sometimes there is an unconscious colour theme.
Although the lockdowns were physically enclosing, they gave Chantal more creative freedom, inspiring experimentation. She explored using each vessel as a canvas on which to convey the many feelings that prolonged isolation invoked. Imperfect rims and accentuated joins echo approximate moments of time and express a life interrupted. Now, Chantal’s vessels are increasingly becoming expressions of re-emergence, affirmations of hope, renewal and the sheer joy of life.
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