Maker's Details - Bowden, Maggie

Maggie's vases with abstract designs are a distillation of a long and happy engagement with the Devon landscape.

Category: Ceramics
Website: www.maggiebowdenceramics.uk
Email: maggiebowdenceramics@gmail.com
Maggie moved to Totnes in 1990 and returning to an early love of clay, began an access course at South Devon College. She then went on to Plymouth College of Art and completed a BA in ceramics.

Maggie's vases are made of earthenware slip using an unusual technique; 
Images and lines are drawn or imprinted into a plaster slab. Ceramic paint is then brushed onto the slab and then wiped off, leaving the lines full of pigment. Liquid clay slip is poured over this, and when the consistency changes it is peeled off the slab like a piece of paper. The colour from the plaster slab is transferred onto the clay sheet and according to Maggie 'there is an enjoyable moment of discovery when the result is revealed and no two clay sheets are ever the same'.
The printed sheets of clay are then cut to shape and built into vessels.

Maggie spends as much time as possible immersed in the countryside and has a particular affection for the high fields that circle her home on the edge of Totnes.    

I often find myself intrigued by the intersection of line, both the meeting of the curves of the open land, and with skyline, and their interruption and redefinition by cultivation.
The abstract designs on the vases are a distillation of this long and happy engagement with the Devon landscape.
 



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