Margaret Gardiner's current work is porcelain, thrown on the wheel and slab built for both domestic use and visual enjoyment. She is concentrating on finely thrown bowls, large centrepiece dishes, all sizes of jugs, and, of course, a wide range of drinking vessels.
Margaret loves textures: lace, peacock feathers, shells and shiny things and the process of evolving these into her ceramics. She recognizes that she has 3 main influences: Victorian architecture, Greek pots and the sea. She particularly wants to emulate the joy she feels when snorkelling: she delights in the colours and patterns of coral and sea creatures. Margaret notices patterns wherever she goes and she travels whenever possible.
Once she has designed the forms, she uses them as a palette for textural patterns and then chooses how to place them in the kiln for emphasis. She finds the random element at this stage very exciting and the results a constant motivator.
Over the many years Margaret Gardiner has been working with ceramics, she has developed and refined a specialist firing process of Vapour Glazing. Filmmaker Dee Honeybun follows Margaret Gardiner from the final stages of decorating and glazing through to the dramatic reduction firing, and kiln unpacking to reveal her iridescent pieces. As the process develops we learn of the many varied influences on Margaret and her work.
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £27 - £209.