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Cornucopia 4 - Hill o' beans

Hill o' Beans part of the cornucopia series ,a ceramic still-life, an assemblage of richly textured and coloured oval forms made by contemporary sculptor Simon Fell
Hill o’ Beans – part of the cornucopia series, a ceramic still-life, an assemblage of richly textured and coloured oval forms.

Hill o' Beans part of the cornucopia series ,a ceramic still-life, an assemblage of richly textured and coloured oval forms made by contemporary artist Simon Fell
Hill o’ Beans, a development of the cornucopia series, a ceramic still-life, a collage of deeply embossed forms coloured with slips, underglaze colours and glazes on a neutral glazed stand

This series of works started life as a single ceramic composition entitled Abundance.  That work demonstrated the potential for the core idea of many forms in one container to be adapted in many ways. Because I am varying the characteristics of every single object in form, texture and colour as well as the infinite possibilities of combining and composing the objects together the basic concept has a huge potential for investigation.

Cornucopia 3 - Ship o' ferrules

Ship o' Ferrules, a ceramic still-life in glazed earthenware by sculptor Simon Fell
Ship o’ Ferrules, a ceramic still-life in glazed earthenware
Ship o' Ferrules, a ceramic still-life in glazed earthenware by sculptor Simon Fell
Ship o’ Ferrules, a ceramic still-life in glazed earthenware

This way of working represents a bit of a departure from my approach in other works, these pieces are much more based in the sensuality of the items I make as opposed to the more concept oriented notions of most of my other work. My work is always physical, it always shows its tactile and sensory qualities, and here these factors are in the foreground.

Cornucopia 2 - Rhetorical

Cornucopia,a ceramic still-life, an assemblage of richly textured and coloured geometric and curvaceous objects

Cornucopia - a ceramic still-life by artist Simon Fell. Double shot of a group of highly coloured geometric objects in a bowl on a stand

I have been constantly researching how my glazes work with the clays I use and how I can combine glazes together as well as making use of underglaze colours. My palette of colours is already extensive and an integral part of my making process now is to test and refine colour combinations so that I only end up using the most successful blends. In these artworks I have started to experiment with combining glaze finishes too, so any one artwork uses gloss, satin and matt glazes in the same piece.

One more detail of Cornucopia - a ceramic still-life by artist Simon Fell. Shot of a group of highly coloured geometric objects in a bowl on a stand

Further detail of Cornucopia - a ceramic still-life by artist Simon Fell. Shot of a group of highly coloured geometric objects in a bowl on a stand

Another detail shot of Cornucopia - a ceramic still-life by artist Simon Fell. A group of highly coloured geometric objects in a bowl on a stand

Detail of Cornucopia - a ceramic still-life by artist Simon Fell. Shot of a group of highly coloured geometric objects in a bowl on a stand

Cornucopia 1, Query

Cornucopia? A small ceramic still-life in glazed earthenware
Cornucopia 1, Query A small ceramic still-life in glazed earthenware
See the video on IGTV

An IGTV video monologue by contemporary artist Simon Fell on the series of ceramic still-life sculptures ‘Cornucopias’, how they were made and what they are all about, showing work in progress at different stages and demonstrating the sledging technique. This was a live video and is relatively long at over 20 minutes!

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