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

This set 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.

Ceramic still-life by artist Simon Fell. A group of highly coloured geometric objects in a bowl on a stand

In addition 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.

Photograph of 'Abundance' - A still life on stand by contemporary ceramic artist Simon Fell

Photograph of 'Abundance' - A still life on stand by contemporary ceramic artist Simon Fell

Photograph of 'Abundance' - still life on stand by contemporary ceramic artist Simon Fell

Photo of 'Abundance' - A still life on a stand by contemporary ceramic artist Simon Fell

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 to the fore.

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A video monologue by contemporary artist Simon Fell of the series of ceramic still-life sculptures ‘Cornucopias’, how they were made and what they are all about

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