Discover Carolyn Tripp ceramics
About Carolyn Tripp
Inspired by a Chinese bottle gifted to me in child, each piece I make assumes its own identity with the application of transferred decoration. Collected imagery and text tell stories from lives past and present centring around the human condition from significant to trivial. Through tearing and cutting the storytelling becomes abstracted. Visible fragments hint at the narrative creating new meanings.
My work is hand thrown and slip cast by me in my studio at Wimbledon Art Studios. I like to create shapes dictated by the feel of the porcelain clay I use and am captivated by the bottle shape in particular. Collaring in the buttery porcelain is a joy. Despite its idiosyncrasies and difficulties, l am drawn to porcelain. It’s fluidity and elasticity on the wheel keeps me energised and able to create each one of my individual pieces of work.
I am a classically trained ceramic artist receiving my degree in ceramics from Camberwell School of Art under the professorship of Richard Slee in the 1990’s. Following a break for family I returned to my practice with a new body of work in 2018.
I am happily situated at Wimbledon Art Studios in south London, within walking distance of home. In addition to my own practice I hold a board and teaching position at Studio 306 Collective, a social enterprise based in Wood Green, London. The collective works alongside adults living with and recovering from Mental health illness. I have been working in this field for the past 12 years and believe passionately in for the role of expressing creativity in maintaining our positive mental health.
I am an associate member of the Craft Potters Association and a Council member of London Potters charity.
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