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Andrea Walsh

Andrea Walsh

I am fascinated by materials, by their inherent characteristics and symbolism, together with the historical associations and familiarity that they signify. My practice has focused on ceramics and glass over the past ten years, having initially studied fine art before completing a masters degree in glass at Edinburgh College of Art, where I focused on gaining a more in depth understanding of my chosen materials and the skills necessary to work with them. 

I create box and vessel forms which explore and celebrate the qualities that these ancient and alchemic materials share, including their clarity, purity and translucency. The addition of a unique precious metal finish has accentuated the overall concept of the work, and more recently I have introduced related materials within my practice including solid metal which has brought a new dimension in terms of form and weight to the objects that I make.

Exploring ideas of containment, materiality, preciousness and value through considered, tactile objects, I am interested to intrigue the viewer and encourage a spontaneous interaction with my work. I seek to make pieces that embrace investigation, and by working on an intimate scale some themes akin with jewellery prevail, such as to hold, contemplate and cherish.

Within my practice I employ a variety of traditional techniques - shared casting processes enable me to adapt and develop ways of working across materials that overlap and influence each other. These include carving, model & mould making, and lost wax casting, kiln casting and slip casting.  Using fine porcelain clays, glass and metals including bronze, silver and gold, I look to achieve a balance of materials in how they connect aesthetically and also how they interact and transform one another.

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