Sunday 5 January 2014

A talented ceramicist

This is the work of a very talented colleague of mine from years ago. We have lost touch so I don't know if she is still working, but I hope she is. Her name is Ann Andersen.


She made this while she was taking a course at the Lanchester Polytechnic, now Coventry University.

This is a sculpture of her grandmother, and she used a photograph while making it. The cat sits on the grandmother's head: I sometimes place it on the ground next to the sculpture, but it's meant to sit on top of the head.

Two Sisters

The sisters' dresses are very fragile, and the dress of the one on the left has suffered from being moved several times.

Moving back so that the size of these sculptures can be appreciated.

A much smaller one.


  1. What interesting work. It must be a double pleasure for you to have these lovely pieces from the hands of someone you know/knew. And you have them in a space which suits them so well too. The human form in clay is something which very much attracts and intrigues me. Thank you for sharing these pieces in your collection.
    Coincidentally I was lucky enough to see one of Anthony Caro's predominantly clay pieces yesterday at Tate Britain.

  2. The human form in clay is something that interests me too, Olga, but I have not found many pieces that I like - it's usually is heads that I don't find very appealing. I like Anne's work though. I also very much like Peter Wright's figurative interlocking sculptures - they are stunning.

    1. I didn't know that Anthony Caro had worked in clay - I must look out for those pieces next time I'm at Tate Britain.

  3. Last time I saw Ann she was working as an art adviser of some kind in Birmingham and living in Earlsdon. I like the little piece on the shelf which I hadn't noticed before...lovely curls of the clay.

    1. I'm glad she's still around, as I might get the chance to see her sometime. Yes, the little piece on the shelf is very sweet - she did a whole series of those shortly after the Lanch course.