Sandy Brown has been awarded the “Kres” commission to create a major ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell town centre – Kres is the Cornish for “centre”. Using local china clay and her trademark colours and forms, Sandy is creating a truly impressive ceramic sculpture called “Earth Goddess”, bringing together in one work the clay and the gardens that make the area famous. This commission aims to be at the heart of the town – a focus for the future and symbol of the creativity of the clay.
Sandy is one of the most well-known ceramicists in the UK. She was trained in the art of making ceramics at the Daisei Pottery in Mashiko, Japan. Brown’s art is represented by pieces in major public institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Aberdeen Museum & Art Gallery; the World Ceramic Centre, South Korea and the Museum for Applied Art in Frankfurt. Brown has been an important international artist for many years, whose works feature regularly in exhibitions all over the world. For many years she was the leading light behind the Appledore Arts Festival and has worked with artists from Richard Long to Peter Randall Page.
Based in North Devon she has been working since the 1970’s on ceramics inspired by the Leach legacy and the connection he gave between UK and Japanese and Asian traditions. She has brought her own abstract flamboyance to this tradition and relishes the painterly qualities of glazing.
Find out more about her approach with Sandy talking with Marion Brandis and Susan Elliot about her project in our Ceramics In Public Places film.