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Caroline Winn


Caroline Winn

Caroline Winn

Ceramic, Drawing, Paint, Sculpture

London
United Kingdom


Galleries

  • Frivoli Gallery, Chiswick
  • Handmade in Britian, London
  • Jonathan Tucker Antonia Tozer ASIAN ART, London
  • Penwith Gallery, St Ives
  • Thames Festival, london

Statement

Caroline Winn Ceramics

“Between the world, the mind and the object”

Caroline Winn’s highly individual ceramic sculptures are the outcome of an experimental, intuitive and constantly evolving process. They explore themes of ‘ traces’ of conversation and memory, leaving specific interpretation and response to the observer.

The form, colour and texture of her pieces are inspired by the landscapes of west Cornwall and the Thames in London (between which she splits her time). Retracing history discovered in debris along the shoreline, Caroline often fires these tangible traces of human activity - remnants - old paint tins, keys, padlocks, nails - into the clay, where they leave an impression on the surface.  Caroline uses the intense heat work of the kiln to affect and distort the poses and gestures of her figures, challenging the viewer’s preconceptions and inviting conversation.  In this way the fragile porcelain paper clay used for the figures can be dramatically altered  and the original figures are changed into a new conversation and story.

Each piece is fired at least four times up to 1260c, in order to achieve the distinctive rock-like effect that Caroline is looking for. She uses stoneware, porcelain and paper clays, and incorporates a variety of slips and oxides, including magnesium carbonate, silicon carbide and flint, built up in successive layers. Her work is displayed both indoors and outdoors (it is fully frost proof).

Biography

Caroline Winn

Caroline has worked as a ceramicist since the early 1990s, although her interest and involvement in pottery goes back to her childhood. She has studios in Isleworth, west London, and near St Ives in Cornwall, and splits her time between them. 

Caroline’s work has been sold to collections throughout the UK and overseas, and exhibited in galleries in London and Cornwall.

As well as making, Caroline has also taught ceramics extensively during her career. She has run courses for organisations and galleries such as Dulwich Picture Gallery, the National Trust, the Art Academy, London and a wide range of schools and other institutions in the UK. She continues to teach and runs a number of residential courses each year at her home and studio in west Cornwall.

In her earlier career, Caroline worked as a curator for South London Art Gallery, the Tate Gallery in London and a private art galleries in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia.