One of our residents from Steep House Nursing Home, Geraldine, has spent many years creating ceramic figurines. While she can no longer pursue her passion fully any longer, she continues to create art every week here in the home with some help.
Geraldine has been invited to exhibit 10 of her sculptures which include a couple that have not been displayed before. Below, Geraldine describes her work and a small portion of the process she used to create her figurines followed by the information about the exhibition in January.
“For some years, I have been creating ceramic figurines.
These are mainly high-fired and monochromatic, using slip and oxides. However, I do love colour, so when circumstances allow, I create raku pieces, and glazed high-fired figurines. Inspiration can come in different guises, and it’s fascinating to me that each one of us is a unique creation.
People have always intrigued me, especially their body language. Using my observations to give me ideas, I use clay to produce unique pieces of work. This can be very rewarding, especially using finishing details to make them more lifelike.
The whole feeling of a particular piece can alter with different poses, or perhaps the tilt of the head. My sympathetic and emotional nature is often reflected in the making of my figurines. Sometimes I like a sense of movement, giving variation to the style of my work.
Textures are also important to me, in order to mimic fabric. This might be simple sacking, or anything else that has a relief to it. Sometimes, I might glean peculiar items from the roadside, perhaps making use of a piece of tread from an old tyre. I have been known to bring home anything from a discarded florist’s ribbon to the sole of an old boot – strange behaviour!
My older sister often makes a subliminal appearance in my sculptures, perhaps holding my hand. Memories of frozen moments in time assist in the creative process, and so with a mix of subtle changes, a different figurine emerges every time.”
The exhibition is called ‘Figuratively’ and will display/sell work that depicts the human figure in a range of different forms and media, produced by several different artists.
It is taking place in Chalk’s Gallery, Lymington, starting on Friday 20th January, and running until Saturday 25th March.
The gallery is open daily (NOT Sundays and Mondays) from 10am until 5pm.
Visit Geraldine’s website here
We are proud to show off Geraldine’s work on her behalf and that of her family