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"I have always had a strong interest in all areas of the arts. I spent ten years developing a successful career in television as a technician supervisor and Vision Mixer. After starting a family, a night class in sculpture was followed by a two year HND in 3D design, where I specialised in ceramics.
The subject continues to engage me both practically and intellectually. I volunteered for the Yorkshire Museums Trust helping with their very large collection of studio ceramics donated by William Ismay. This collection is now a key part of the Yorkshire Museums Trust's new ceramics gallery which opened in September 2009.
My earlier work was predominantly thrown porcelain using a palette of green and white. I have been especially influenced by eastern concepts of simplicity and natural form. In 2007 I was fortunate enough to attend a 6 week ceramic seminar in Japan, meeting and working with many other international ceramic artists. Over the last 3 years I have been developing my skills as a sculptress and it is this area of ceramics that I am now concentrating on. Over the last couple of years I have been working on heavily textured, figurative forms using mixed clays and oxides. I have continued an exploration of animal forms both real and imaginary as well as playing with textures and mixed media. I hope to move towards using the human form in future work.
I am very interested in collaborative work both within the wider community in a community arts context and within an artistic environment. In order to continue working as an artist, I also teach ceramics part time this finances my studio and allows me to develop my sculptural skills in clay and to constantly expand my knowledge of other art forms." Penny Phillips