Collect Open 2020, Stand E2, East Wing
Linda Bloomfield specialises in ceramic glazes and thrown porcelain. Her installation for Collect Open is a series of organic forms based on stromatolites and granite boulders. The work brings attention to the effect of climate change and pollution on lichens, which are indicators of clean air. They are sensitive to pollutants including sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide and ozone. Air pollution causes a gradual decrease in the diversity of lichens. She uses crawl glazes in ochre, viridian green and chalk white to represent the lichens. At first, the lichen effect glazes cover the forms abundantly, then gradually decrease until the forms are dark and barren.
Bloomfield has written several books on ceramic glazes. She has exhibited her work widely in the world of design and craft. This is her first time exhibiting at Collect.