Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Crafts (specialising in Ceramics), Rowena went on to Win the 'Best Up and Coming Local Artist Award, Brighton & Hove 2002'. Using additions of metal oxides for the reds, blacks and blues, her coloured clay layers are brushed on the slip cast vessel or inlaid in incised lines and marks. The surface marks are created using various sgraffito tools when the clay vessel is in a leather-hard state. Rowena bisque fires, then masks areas on the outside of the vessel using wax resist, glazing the inside and the unmasked areas with a transparent gloss with the final firing at 1160°C. All pieces are hand made and showcase Rowena's signature mark on the base.
Rowena Gilbert spoke to The Biscuit Factory about her new collection, her artistic techniques and her inspiration. Read the full interview here.
I'M SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT FUSION OF STRONG DESIGN, INNOVATIVE STYLE AND SPONTANEOUS EXPRESSION. THE CLAY VESSEL IS MY BOLD CANVAS; STRONG, SIMPLE AND UNFUSSY IN FORM. LAYERS OF CLAY ECHO PERIODS OF TIME, MEMORIES; SLOW, CONTROLLED, AND ORDERED. THE SURFACE EVOKES MOODS, TENSIONS, ACTIONS, AND REACTIONS.