cambridge contemporary art

Tiffany Scull

Artist Statement

Since being a small girl I have loved to draw and was encouraged to develop this through my childhood. My excitement for the magical possibilities of clay began at Art College and these feelings have never faded. Discovering and specializing in the beautiful technique of Sgraffito has allowed me to pair up my two loves of drawing and clay work. I am passionate about this time consuming process and have developed a distinctive and unique style, with each piece being made, and meticulously decorated by hand.  Telling a story and trying to capture a fleeting moment in time I find very fascinating. Birds and fish are particular favourites and being such nervous creatures I hope to give the impression they may take flight from a vase or dish at any moment. My forms and designs are ever changing and I have numerous sketch books waiting to come to life.

Inspirations

Art Nouveau, The Arts and Crafts movement and the natural world inspire me, finding connections with the use of both nature and pattern. Gustav Kilmt, Maurice Sendak, Elizabeth Fritsch and Mary Wondrausch are among some of my other influences.

The making process

Each form I create is wheel thrown using a white stoneware clay, turned and then decorated with coloured slips which I have developed myself. Every piece is drawn onto and cut away freehand using the technique of Sgraffito at the leather hard stage of drying. This process can go on for many hours depending on the complexity of the design and the size of the piece. Whilst working on my decoration I listen to music as this helps me to focus and once my headphones are in place I am lost in my own world. Particular favourites being, Philip Glass, Vangelis, John Williams and John Barry. Sight and sound are an extremely creative combination and inextricably linked for me.

All pieces have a bisque and different glazes are painted on to high light the themes of each design. They then have a glost firing of 1180 degrees centigrade in an electric kiln.

Sgraffito

This word translated from Italian means ‘to scratch away’ and has been used by many cultures to decorate buildings, paintings and pottery. It was first used in china during the 11th and 12th century AD and in Europe during the 16th century as relief decoration on buildings.

"A Hummingbird flying, an Angelfish swimming or a Damselfly resting on a flower are some of the themes I have explored so far in my work. I view each piece as a three dimensional drawing and a window into the magical world of many different creatures. Each form I make is unique and is drawn onto and cut away freehand using the technique of Sgraffito and coloured clay slips. My decoration evolves naturally and is built up over many days with different stages to create the desired final finish."

 

 

Tiffany Scull at Work

 

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 £370.


Damselfly & Oxeye Daisy Vessel

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Dragonfly & Water Forget-Me-Not Vessel

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Swallows Flying with Damselfly Vessel

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Swallow Tailed Butterfly & Cuckoo Flower Vessel

sgraffito

Trout & Water-Lily Dish, Front

sgraffito

Damselfly & Oxeye Daisy Small Wall Hanging

sgraffito

Water Crowfoot Round Vessel

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Kingfisher’s and Minnow Vessel

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Yellow Water-Lily Vessel

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Moorhen & Water-Lily Dish, Front

sgraffito

Trout & Water-Lily Dish, Back

sgraffito

Dragonfly & Forget-Me-Not Large Wall Hanging

sgraffito

Water Crowfoot Vessel

sgraffito

Perch & Water-Lily Vessel

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Wagtails and Pussy Willow Vessel

sgraffito

Moorhen & Water-Lily Dish, Back

sgraffito

Damselfly & Oxeye Daisy Large Wall Hanging

sgraffito

Dragonfly & Forget-Me-Not Small Wall Hanging

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