Valerie Kaufmann

Valerie Kaufmann has lived in Kew since 1986 and works in her garden studio. Since gaining a Fine Art Diploma in Sculpture, at Winchester School of Art, Valerie has continued to create sculptural work and her favoured medium is stoneware ceramics. She likes to portray her impressions of the natural world sometimes combining the movement of growth with the power of the sea or figurative imagery.

Work Statement

Each piece is unique. Valerie says:

I like the way natural forms grow and develop as I work. Many of my sculptural vessels are influenced by sea creatures and the motion of waves. Movement is also important in my organic ‘pregnant’ fruit forms, which have the expectation of change. Stylistically, my fondness for Art Nouveau can be seen in some pieces as well as echoes of swirls from Rococo style furniture.

Techniques

Valerie fires work to stoneware temperatures, using lightly grogged clay for the more challenging shapes. She has made her own ‘formers’ in plaster, from which she creates the basic structures for some hand built sculptural vessels. Pieces are decorated using slips and some masking techniques with her own mixed glazes with spray application; as well as brush-on glazes. Some work is further embellished using lustres of gold or pearl.

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