From her garden studio in Shrewsbury, Ruth creates a range of porcelain bowls, wall hangings and sculptures. Combining her love of photography, printmaking and ceramics, she uses bold ceramic screen-printed techniques to apply photographic images onto slabs of porcelain. Ruth is inspired by the natural landscape, her love of walking in the Shropshire Hills, or collecting shells and pebbles on the Welsh coast.
Porcelain is rolled out into thin sheets, handling it carefully at this stage, as clay has a 'memory' and will try to return to any crease or bend put into it. Allowing the surface to dry a little before screen printing and yet keeping the main body of the clay wet enough to still form into bowl shapes, is a process that develops with experience.
The clay can be stretched and formed over moulds, often not disturbing the quality and structure of the image. Alternatively the print can be manipulated and distorted, cropped or enhanced; small sections can be removed or added to create interesting abstract patterns on a ceramic surface.