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Lesley Towart - Sculpture  

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I live in Granity where the wild and beautiful West Coast environment is a rich source of inspiration for me. I am drawn to the beauty of the flotsam washed ashore by the sea; driftwood, stones, metal, glass and bone; their surfaces worn and transformed. The bush yields relics of the past and these scarred artifacts also inspire and inform my work; concrete steps, mossy and crumbling; ancient rusted machinery with studded joints and eroded surfaces patinated by constant exposure to the elements.

The direction and development of my work is influenced by my travels in Asia. The spiritual rituals of different cultures cause me to examine my own beliefs, and are a catalyst for self insight and creative exploration.

In my latest body of work I use a white stoneware clay with a slightly coarse texture which makes it suitable for hand building and slab work. I combine this clay with a paper slurry which then allows me to roll flat slabs which will not warp or crack when fired. I experiment with surface texture by scratching, impressing and carving to create cracks and fissures in the clay. These echo the changes created by the forces of nature and the passage of time.

I love colour and texture and this passion draws me to constant experimentation with new glazes. I enjoy the ongoing experimentation that yields results suitable for my time-worn surfaces.

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