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Drawing inspiration from the rock formations of the surrounding Peak District, ceramicist and Yorkshire Artspace studio holder Penny Withers has created a new body of work. Those already familiar with her beautifully glazed pots and freeform sculptural pieces will be surprised by this new work: Penny has been able to experiment with making larger pieces, playing with scale and with the physicality of building large sectional pieces.
‘Through the compelling alchemy of ceramics, the forming, glazing and firing; I feel my connection with the world of physical laws and raw materials is reaffirmed.’
Penny has worked with local climbers to find out more about the intricate surface details on rocky outcrops such as Stannage and Curbar Edge, and this collaboration has brought elements of these forms directly into her work.
This work was supported by the Sheffield Culture Consortium through Making Ways. Funded via: Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence