© 2023 by Sharon Erichsenceramics & Threefish Design Studio

ARTIST STATEMENT

My ceramic forms are influenced by my surroundings; exploring themes of habitat and the interaction of form and self with the environment, primarily through the creation of shadows.  The soft and hard qualities of porcelain clay are reflected in the juxtaposition of an undulating, organic edge and a linear form thus creating an interesting tension within a piece.  The element of chance occurring during the firing process is embraced in my pieces, often resulting in an unexpected softening of an otherwise rigid form.

 

Shadow; light and dark; geometric pattern and repetition are a constant source of fascination.  These elements are translated into my work through mark-making, surface perforation and cut-out forms.  Each piece is individually handmade using techniques such as coiling and slab-rolling providing a basis for surface exploration.  I enjoy observing how the piece interacts with its shadows and how the light plays on the surface of the form.  Porcelain clay is my preferred medium as the characteristic translucency heightens the interplay of light and dark in a piece.

 

I find the ever-changing interaction between light and form mesmerising, thus inspiring continued exploration of this concept in both my sculptural forms and porcelain jewellery elements.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXHIBITIONS

 

Qualification:

2010-2011: Master of Fine Arts (Ceramics), Summa Cum Laude, University of Kwa Zulu Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg.

2009: Bachelor of Arts Honours, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg.

2002: BA Visual Arts degree (majoring in Ceramics and History of Art),

          Summa Cum Laude, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg.

 

Exhibitions:

Ceramics South Africa Regional Exhibition, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, (2017)

'Forward' Exhibition, The Breathing Space Gallery, Durban, (2016)

'Transition' Exhibition, The Breathing Space Gallery, Durban, (2016)

'Echoes in Clay' Ceramics South Africa Regional Exhibition, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, (2016)

'Under R2000' Exhibition, Loading Bay Gallery, Durban, (2016)

'Show 3' Exhibition, Loading Bay Gallery, Durban, (2016)

'All Fired Up', Musée La Piscine, Roubaix, (2013)

‘All Fired Up’ Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, (2012)

‘Habitat’, MAFA Exhibition, The Kiln Gallery, Howick, (2011)

‘Off the Wall’ Exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg (2011)

St John’s School and UKZN Alumni Exhibition, John Milton Gallery, London (2010)

Red Eye Exhibition, Durban Art Gallery (2010)

David Walters and Friends Exhibition, WHAG, Kimberley (2010)

Jabulisa Exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg (2010)

Botanical Exhibition, Underberg Art Gallery (2009) 

David Walters and Friends Exhibition commemorating the work of Gabi Nkosi, 

William Humphreys Art Gallery (WHAG), Kimberley (2009)

Miniatures Exhibition, Jack Heath Gallery, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg (2009)

UKZN African Ceramics Conference Staff/ Student Exhibition, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg (2009)

 

Collections:

Tatham Art Gallery (2010)

William Humphreys Art Gallery (2010)

William Humphreys Art Gallery (2009)

Private Collections

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