ceramics and storytelling
The award-winning illustrator Laura Carlin has been investigating the dynamism afforded her by ceramics in order to tell stories, and her work can currently be seen at the Shipley Art Gallery.Laura Carling is best known for her illustration work but has come at ceramics with a really fresh eye. “My work with ceramics is self taught,” she comments. “Yet there is a freedom in not knowing the rules and, more importantly, it helps keep me looking and learning. This feeds back into my job as an illustrator. I am forced to look again and question my way of working.” This exhibition features five large-scale pieces based on archetypal ceramic forms such as the tile, plate and vessel, and reveal that pottery, just like paper, can be a powerful, narrative medium. Among the work is a mural comprising of 650 earthenware tiles showing the history of London from dinosaurs to the present day and a ‘Noah’s Ark’ with 37 hand-built animals in 13 types of earthenware, stoneware and porcelain.
Laura Carlin: Ceramics, until 19 January, Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead. shipleyartgallery.org.uk