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Arabella Ross


Arabella Ross Ceramics
My current body of architectural work encompassing abandoned theatres, shrines, factories, dwellings, and mountain shelters involves investigating interior and exterior emotions. A dwelling is about this central refuge within the imagination. Narrative is central to my ambition. By exploring the vessel as metaphor, pushing boundaries and discovering technically challenging ways of making, I can aim to bring together languages that expresses a painterly approach with expressive use of colour, line and texture. Mono printing on clay with newspaper, drawing with oxides and transferring images brings spontaneity to the working process.


Early years. 

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, 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.  

The narrative for my work in clay begins with a process; drawings, photographs, childhood memories of what a home felt like and what my potential could be within these architectural spaces. The work titled "I am a House" references the appearance of a dwelling that has been emptied, the painter’s easel, presence and identity contained within the space of the walls, the front facade of the building taken away. I draw on imagery of exposed and sunlit interiors, rooms with peeling paint and drawings on clay echoing childhood drawings.  When mixing my glazes I often spoon in the oxides and powders that I have learnt from experience will give me a richness that I am seeking. Constructing and assembling my sculptures I work intuitively, piecing together and creating clay collages with visual traces of boarded up windows.  Drawing and monoprinting are an essential component in transferring meaning and metaphor in my sculpture.


Naughty Box. Earthenware. Sold. £500.00 Naughty Box. Earthenware. Sold. £500.00
The painter’s dreams. Drawing on clay and crackle glaze. 2017 The painter’s dreams. Drawing on clay and crackle glaze. 2017
Abandoned Himalayan dwellings. Stoneware, Shino glaze. Abandoned Himalayan dwellings. Stoneware, Shino glaze.
The painter’s dreams. Drawing onto clay. Stoneware The painter’s dreams. Drawing onto clay. Stoneware