Annette's recent collection of wheel-thrown, stoneware ceramics is a response to the environment of her studio, which is surrounded by vegetation. In winter, when the leaves have dropped, silhouettes of bare tree branches against the skyline provide a chaos of black lines and abstracting this imagery became a starting point for her new work.
"I am fascinated with contrasts – sparse and dynamic, shadow and light, control and chance. I am constantly striving to achieve a harmony between these qualities." Visual and tactile aspects in her work vary from elemental, raw-earth warmth to a light, cool clarity.
Annette combines clays to achieve a range of textures and tones. Surfaces are scarred with marks or mono-printed with slip, then the application of warm matt or luminous glossy glazes compliment and contrast with the unglazed areas of fired clay.
Platters, lidded forms and pod vases can be handled, used and displayed.