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About the Artist:
Frances' inspiration comes from flowers and plants that we see all around us, in gardens, fields even cracks in the pavement. She particularly loves the secret worlds inside these flowers, in the patterns and textures hidden away that give a continuing sense of promise and renewal.
Until 2005 her work had been mainly in the domestic & functional arena, but then she decided to work on larger, often one off, sculptural pieces. So far, Frances has concentrated on the forms of seed pods and fruiting bodies which ties in with her earlier work, but which looks completely different.
She likes to play with scale and will often imagine the size that a plant must appear to an insect...what is it about the flower that attracts or repels? Often she will scale her sculpture up so that we can have an 'insects eye view' of it.
Frances works in stoneware, throwing the basic shape of the sculpture, then she alters and models onto it. This gives her a certain speed and control which is the way she prefers to work. Her pieces are high fired so that they can go into an interior or exterior environment.
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