My raku and wood-fired ceramics work is informed by the powerful landscape around me on the Isle of Skye. The natural textures of clay are similar to the patterns of erosion and decay in the geology of the land. I am trying to achieve a tension between the spontaneous patterns of texture and the formality of a vessel form. I hope that the natural forms, colours and textures of the work will engage the viewer with a landscape beyond daily experience. I feel that as the world advances technically, the surfaces with which we are in daily contact become increasingly synthetic and machine finished. Now what challenges is the reality of nature - wild, uncomfortable, dirty, unpackaged, visceral experience.
Patricia Shone graduated in three dimensional design (ceramics) from Central School of Art in London in 1985. She returned back to working with clay in 1998, after moving to the Isle of Skye. She uses throwing, hand-building, coiling, and slab-work, to make the work, often bringing all techniques together in a single piece. She uses both high-temperature wood firing and low-temperature raku firing. Patricia is a selected member of Craft Potters Association since 2015 and exhibited in many juried exhibitions, such as Potfest in the Park, Ceramic Art London, Earth and Fire. Earlier in 2017 she was representing Scottishmakers at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore.
Patricia Shone Erosion Bowl 18, hand built, raku fired Image: Joris Jan Bos Photography
Patricia Shone Lidded jars H14cm, raku fired
Patricia Shone Erosion Bowl 5 15cm x 19cm x 19cm, raku fired