Christmas Blue Magpie – Artist Profile: Ruth Gibson

Working in porcelain, Ruth Gibson combines a love of photography, printmaking and ceramics, to evoke a sense of place; in particular the Shropshire landscape and the Welsh Coast.

With a love of the outdoors, these two passions intertwine through her life, walking in the hills being outdoors, and responding to nature through clay. Inspired by many walks on the rugged Stiperstones, and the Welsh mountains and coast, imagery includes winter trees, textures in nature, the rocks beneath the surface, and the inclusion of sections on map, rooting the work to the place it is inspired by. Ancient standing stones found scattered across the hills are echoed in the shapes of the ceramic pieces. These artworks depict stormy seas or wild moorlands and yet have a calming effect on the viewer.  

This collection of printed ceramics, with a strong black and white theme enhanced with touches of glaze, includes framed wall art,  chunky platters, delicate shell-like bowls, and complimentary jewellery.

‘I have a deep appreciation of the transformative power of our hands; crafting a piece of clay dug from the ground into something beautiful or functional has been a privilege and a delight for this to have been my life’s work’.

Ruth will be at the market on Saturday & Sunday.

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