Artist and restorer Amy Douglas engages in the art of ‘salmagundi’, from the Middle French word meaning ‘hodgepodge’. Her practice involves the transformation of broken Staffordshire ceramics into extraordinary objects, with fresh – and surreal – contemporary narratives.
“Titles often come from the social interactions I’ve overheard: the obscure and ridiculous, which contributes to the surreal quality of my work,” she says.
“Where the ceramics are broken dictates what I can do. This is where my skills as a restorer come into play, as often the completed work is seamless so the connection between the past and present is not initially clear.”
Amy began her art career at Edinburgh College of Art in 1991, then trained in The Decorative Arts at The City and Guilds of London Art School, and has an MA in printmaking from Camberwell College of Art.