cambridge contemporary art

Denise Brown

Denise makes contemporary ceramics from her studio, on a working farm in the heart of the Fenland countryside and is a member of Anglian Potters. Using slab-building, press-forming (in her own handmade moulds), and coiling techniques, she produces vessels and oak framed decorative tiles. Denise’s work draws inspiration from the sea, regular visits to the East Anglian and Devon coast, and her surrounding Fenland landscape. Denise’s work aims to evoke memories, and capture the essence of coastal landscape. She uses a small palette of warm but faded colours to create stylised and quirky images of lighthouses, birds, harbours, boats, beach huts and more recently still life. These colours are the result of constant experimenting with firing temperatures.

Made in stoneware clay, the vessels are constructed from hand-cut templates of clay. The detailed images are incised by hand using a simple potter’s knife. Each piece is unique and all are decorated on both sides. Once finished, the vessels are left to dry very slowly to prevent excessive warping. Denise uses a copper carbonate wash to create the colour outline of the design, and then decorates using a range of dry glazes. High firing to 1270°C gives the stoneware clay a warm but weathered look. Each piece is then finished with the hand application of 22ct gold leaf.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on info@cambridgegallery.co.uk or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £55 - £118.


Coastal Vessel

ceramic

Coastal Vessels

ceramic

Vessel with Fox

ceramic

Coastal Vessels

ceramic

Coastal Vessels

ceramic

Vessel with Owl

ceramic

Coastal Vessels

ceramic

Coastal Vessel

ceramic