We were delighted to welcome back work experience student Evie over the Christmas holidays. Back in 2012 Evie spent a week with us, helping out with workshops in educational and community settings. As a fully fledged sixth former, Evie is persuing a career in the creative industries. We asked if she wouldn’t mind writing a few words about her influences and the work she produced at the Pottery this time around:
I am currently completing my A-levels and am in the process of applying to university to study Fine Art. Right now in Art, I am conducting a personal investigation into the Cornish town of St Ives and the work and style of its artists, after spending many happy childhood holidays there. In particular, I am studying the work of Ben Nicholson, an iconic British artist that is mostly known for his Cubist still life compositions. I love the rough and unpolished nature behind Nicholson’s work and his reduction to simplistic forms. In these various sized bowls I created at Eastnor Pottery I have tried to recreate the weathered surfaces and colour palette that Nicholson took inspiration from within St Ives. Having done work experience at the pottery in 2012, it sparked an interest for me in ceramics, which I hope to pursue at university. Jon has been kind enough to let me return and develop my understanding of ceramics and experiment with different techniques until now, unfamiliar to me. Previously my practice has been drawing which offers precision and accuracy; however I have really enjoyed the unpredictable and challenging nature of working with clay.
Good luck with the application process Evie!