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Bev Seth creates ceramics that are charged with narrative, often inspired by nature and folklore.
Her practice began with her love of inventing and populating worlds. She creates Corvid-like creatures called the Caretaker Birds, each with its own story to tell, which reflect ordinary lives and inspire a sense of optimism and joy. Her latest character, a Standing Stagman, is based on a legend that tells of a stag walking on two legs to protect his herd. According to legend, the Stafman appears on the moors at night, dancing in dreams or accosting people on lonely country lanes. Not all of these tales have a happy ending!
Another series of work, The Land We Live In, is a collection of ceramic hills inspired by the course of our rivers as they vanish and reappear through the suburbs and hillsides of Sheffield. These sculptures make us think about our lives in connection to place: the rich stories of employment and industry that run through the landscape, and what forgotten memories are buried beneath.