The work of internationally-renowned ceramic artist Richard Slee attempts to challenge every conventional notion in ceramic art, transcending its utilitarian roots, whilst also sidestepping the ‘self-indulgent’ aspects of the studio tradition of the late twentieth century. The objects he produces bring together the domestic interior with a love for the ‘great indoors’. They include fabricated references to the decorative, ornamental and symbolic, both from histories and within contemporary culture. These sources are brought together to explore new meanings and dramas. Increasingly he has incorporated other non-ceramic materials and found objects in works as well as exploring other specialist media such as enamel on metal and hot glass.
A touring exhibition from Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle in partnership with Hales Gallery, London.
Image: Richard Slee, Pickaxe 2010, ceramic, pickaxe handle/ length 87cm