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My interest in Ceramics began age twelve at the co-educational boarding school in Hampshire I went to based on the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti 1895 – 1986, a philosopher, world speaker and writer. There I learnt to draw, paint and work with clay in between my academic studies and playing the piano. Ceramics and painting are a thread and passion woven into my life from the early years. Past experiences from living in India and travelling to Japan have influenced the natural, earthy qualities in my clay sculptures, like my Himalayan mountain shrines. I grew up in London during the 1970`s; a time of psychedlia 1960-1975, Cult cinema, National Film Theatre, rock music at the Roundhouse, Pop Art ( Serpentine ), shopping (Biba ), and Kings cross with it`s decaying Victorian buildings and council properties, London’s essential atmosphere and collective essence.
“Arabella Ross Biography: Ross makes individual ceramic pieces based on drawings made from observation and travel to different cultures. Ross’s vessels and dwellings acts as containers for emotions and a metaphor for the imagination. She draws on imagery of exposed and sunlit interiors, rooms with lines incised and drawings on the clay, windows and doors that are boarded up and secret doorways as though entering into a shrine. Mono printing on clay, painting with oxides and transferring images all brings spontaneity to the vocabulary of form and surface. It is the juxtaposition between the painterly and the sculptural in its exploration of how processes can have their own effect on a work. Having completed an MA Post Graduate, Fine Art painting at Chelsea school of Art and most recently a Ceramics Diploma at the City Lit. Ross’s work is found in private collections; London, San Francisco, Vienna, Verbier, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, St Tropez and Tokyo.”