Maker's Details - Southam, Jenny

Jenny works in terracotta specialising in individual hand-built figurative sculptures.

Category: Ceramics
Jenny Southam lives in Exeter and works from her studio at home. She works in terracotta specialising in individual hand-built figurative sculptures. She is continually evolving new ideas, most of which reference her fascination with Etruscan tomb sculptures and Staffordshire mantelpiece figures. The figures explore mythic and domestic themes and many are inspired by working in the garden and on her allotment. Examples of recent work include: a couple making up a bed together; a woman enjoying a cup of tea in an orchard; and a man nurturing birds in the garden. The works are celebratory, though in a quiet and contemplative way; the oxides and slips decorating the sculptures are used in an intuitive manner to echo the work's emotional rhythms. She returns to rework her subjects over and over again, though each piece has its own inherent character. The exploration of scale is an important part of Jenny’s practice; some sculptures are a few inches high whilst others are imposing figures two feet tall.

Jenny gained a Fine-Art Degree and a Post-Graduate Diploma at Bristol Polytechnic (UWE], specialising in bronze. During this time she also worked as a bronze-caster's assistant to a number of artists around Gloucestershire. She is a qualified teacher and has worked on a variety of community art projects around Devon.


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