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Penny Withers
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Artist statement

Penny graduated from West Surrey College of Art with a BA in Fine Art, but has been working exclusively in ceramics since. She became obsessed with attaining the technique of throwing because it seemed so magical to be able to physically engage with elemental forces and materials in such an instinctual and direct manner.

She has had an eventful a journey from learning traditional craft pottery to making unique sculptural thrown and altered pieces. For Penny, a thrown slab has so much life and spring to it. What started as a passion has become an evolving investigation into touch as an extension of body and the tremendous velocity concentrated at the centre of a vortex. She hopes that this latent energy will be perceptible in the finished, fired piece, whether it is as visual movement or the feel of a small vibration at the heart of a hand held piece.

Penny uses stoneware and porcelain and fires her work in either electric or wood kilns. Monochrome glazes reflect tonal ranges of light. Surface references are also made to particular places or points in time by brushwork and painterly use of combined glazes.
 
All of Penny’s vases hold water and are designed as being functional as well as standalone sculptural pieces.


Landscape Pocket Vases
Thrown and altered stoneware
Average Size: W18 x H14 x D4.5cm
£69 each
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Landscape Pocket Vase
Thrown and altered stoneware
Size: W18 x H13 x D5.5
£48 each
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Coast Cylinder Vases
Thrown and altered stoneware
Average Size: Dia7cm x H16
£30 each
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Fire Cylinder Vases
Thrown and altered stoneware
Average Size: Dia7cm x H16
£30 each
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Pocket Vases - Beach
Thrown and altered stoneware
Average Size: W20 x H13 x D4
£45 each
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To see more of Penny’s ceramics, pop into the gallery. If you would like to purchase any of Penny’s work, we are happy to offer a mail order service and can accept payment by most major debit and credit cards over the telephone, or via Paypal.

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Or give us a call on 01328 711609
Mountain Vases
Thrown and altered stoneware
Large: W21 x H16 x D10 | Small W18 x H11 x H5cm
Large £48 | Small £43
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On the A149 Coast Road at the junction to Warham, Wighton and Walsingham
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01328 711609 / 07795 680674
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COMING SOON...
WILD by TOBY WINTERBOURN
Major exhibition of garden sculptures
20 October - 3 November
Click for more info
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Moon Jar
Thrown and altered stoneware
Average Size: H27 x Dia23cm
£120