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Philomena Pretsell | Smile more...

"I’m looking for a generosity of spirit in form, content and expression; that kind of approach to work inspires me in my own practice."


"Smile more – a pot that raises a smile sparks a reaction, whether from the complete ridiculous audacity of it or the narrative it inspires.

In any art form, my search is for that something that awakens my senses; I’m looking for a generosity of spirit in form, content and expression; that kind of approach to work inspires me in my own practice. At a film, concert, theatre or exhibition I’m hoping for the unexpected, the fearlessness of the creator, something to make me draw breath in amazement - or laugh out loud!

So, no pressure on me as my own claywork develops in the workshop…….the pots are HOT! WARM and often LOUD but never cool and colour is part of the celebration, there’s no restriction of palette; this comes from deep inside, it’s instinctive - a place where humour, heat and heart play a huge part; a place of escape, perhaps, b…

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