Valerie gained a Diploma in Fine Art (Sculpture) from Winchester School of Art and, though having earned a living in a different world of crafts – restoring antiques- she has continued to create sculptural ceramics, being mentored by the late Sandra Eastwood, RA., a brilliant ceramicist. Valerie’s work is popular with private collectors. Now living and working in Kew since 1986 she finds much inspiration in the collections of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, from which she developed a variety of fruiting forms, or ‘pods’.
She is also drawn to the coast and the sea feeling it is where her roots belong, having grown up on the south coast. Valerie feels the wonder and power of the sea; and its influence can be appreciated in her ‘Wave Bowls’
Each piece is unique. Hand built forms are slab-built using her own plaster formers. Additions are modelled, some with details such as porcelain slip-soaked lace. Finished forms are decorated with slips and coloured engobes, followed by spray application of Valerie’s own mixed glazes as well as brush-on glazes. After firing to stoneware temperatures, some work is further embellished using lustres, including gold and platinum.
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