Approved: 16.08.2006

Antonia Salmon

Artist, Maker

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Approved: 16.08.2006

I have always been concerned with space, both within and around a form. I am attempting to express both centredness and dynamism within one abstract form. There is a tension between finding a clarity of line and underlying geometry, with the random surface marking from smoke-firing which is important to my creative process. I hope that each work will sit with poise and possess an enduring quietness and liveliness.

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Artist Statement

I have always been concerned with space, both within and around a form. I am attempting to express both centredness and dynamism within one abstract form. There is a tension between finding a clarity of line and underlying geometry, with the random surface marking from smoke-firing which is important to my creative process. I hope that each work will sit with poise and possess an enduring quietness and liveliness.

I aim to capture an essence or quality that may be perceived or implicitly sensed rather than articulated. I am attempting to express experiences of nature: listening to sounds of wind, water or silence; walking through landscape; touching the rocks; smelling the moorland peat or mosses near to my home in Yorkshire. I want to do this with simplicity, with a regard for the nature of my medium, so that when you look at a finished sculpture you might feel ‘yes, of course that is how it could be’.

Other influences: Ancient cultures, Mid 20th century sculpture, eg Epstein, Gill. 
 
Career path After completing a Geography degree I trained at Harrow Art School in Studio Pottery. Before setting up the workshop I travelled in the Middle-East and India for one year, returning to London with a wealth of impressions and drawings. In 1985 I set up the first workshop, experimenting with smoke-firing. By 1989 I had moved to Sheffield where I currently live and work, continuing to explore new forms suitable for smoke-firing.
 
My work is represented in private and public collections throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and China.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2008 - Antonia Salmon, Stour Gallery, Warwickshire 2007 - Solo Show, Contemporary Ceramics, London 2005 - Solo Show, Hart Gallery, London 2003 - Antonia Salmon new work, Hart Gallery, London 2003 - Antonia Salmon new work, Hart Gllery, Islington , London 2001 - Hart Gallery, London 2000 - Candover Gallery, Hampshire 1999 - Hart Gallery, London 1998 - Hart Gallery, Linby, Nottinghamshire 1997 - Bettles Gallery, Hampshire 1997 - Hart Gallery, London 1996 - Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany 1996 - Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire 1995 - Cecilia Colman Gallery, London 1993 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales 1993 - Galerie Argile, Brussels 1992 - Bettles Gallery, Hampshire 1991 - Contemporary Ceramics, London 1990 - Cecilia Colman Gallery, London 1988 - Cecilia Colman Gallery, London Group exhibitions 2008 - Group show, Bevere Gallery, Gloucestershire 2007 - Art in Action, Waterperry House, nr Oxford 2004 - 'Collect', V & A Museum, London 2001 - Alpha House Gallery, Dorset 2000 - Oxford Gallery, Oxford 1999 - Collection Gallery, Herefordshire 1998 - Babel Gallery, Amsterdam 1998 - Rufford Craft Gallery, Nottinghamshire 1997 - Barbican Art Gallery, London 1997 - Gumps, San Franscisco, USA 1996 - Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 1995 - Hugo Barclay Gallery, Brighton 1995 - Primavera, Cambridge 1995 - Winchester City Art Gallery 1994 - European Ceramics, Knaresborough 1994 - Hugo Barclay Gallery, Brighton 1994 - Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham 1993 - Pyramid Gallery, York 1993 - Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield 1992 - Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield 1991 - Ruthin Crafts Centre, Touring Show 1990 - Contemporary Ceramics, London 1990 - Prema Arts Gallery, Gloucestershire 1988 - St Pauls Cathedral Crypt, London