Showing at Perspective, 8 Holland Street 2018
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Sara Moorhouse’s bowls, formerly with straight lines on curved surfaces, and recently Colourblocks on the bowl shape, experiment with changing form through colour.
She has recently started to work with her new Colourblock series which will be shown in Perspective. She has made a 16 piece wall-work as well as individual bowls. She says:
For my new Colourblock series I use a laser level to achieve the straight lines on the interior and exterior surfaces of the bowls. The edges are taped and I hand-paint the colour, building up the layers to achieve opacity and highly saturated colour. In total these bowls require 3 firings, at which point all the colour is steadfast and permanently fixed to the clay body.
For her bowls with lines the lines are applied by returning the bisque fired bowl to the wheel, and painted with ceramic colour by hand. A glaze is then applied to stabilize and enhance the coloured surface.
In 2017 she was included in Compton Verney's exhibition Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, Pattern, Pointillism and Op Art which toured to the Holburne Museum, Bath. She won the 2014 Creative Wales Award from Arts Council Wales and used it to make The St. Ives Collection (completed in 2016 and shown in our former exhibition space in Cornwall) – a group of 32 bowls with bands of colour inspired by the light and colour particular to St. Ives.
Sara Moorhouse has always been interested in the way colour can alter spatial perception, a phenomenon she first noticed in agricultural landscapes in Wales. Since childhood Moorhouse has been fascinated by the light and colour particular to St Ives. For the opening of the new Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery she exhibited a group of 27 bowls based on the arable landscapes of Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.