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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…….this approach to making comes in stark contrast to a current viewpoint for a cooler approach to clay and glaze but it comes from deep inside, a place where humour, heat and heart play a huge part; a place of escape, perhaps, but also a recognition of the JOY …

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