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Bridget Macklin

Bridget Macklin/Sleevenotes

Bridget Macklin
After a long career in teaching Bridget decided on a change of direction and went to study Applied Art at Bath Spa (2009 – 11). She then took a ceramics diploma with City Lit College, London (2013-15). Her influences range far and wide. Within the world of ceramics the two people who have influenced her thinking most are Adam Buick and Fred Gatley.

Bridget is a ceramic artist with a fascination for stories with geology at their core: Every piece of work begins with the same blank canvas: a thin sheet of pure white porcelain with its connotations of beauty, value and fragility. Into this she mixes local raw materials which she finds in the side of a river; in the excavation of a hole; at the edge of a car park. These interact with the porcelain to build vibrant strata of colour and personal interest where the only limit to interpreting the finer detail is the viewer’s imagination. She delights in taking risks with materials, repeatedly refining them and constantly striving for thinner, more lustrous work which only reveals its full nature on closer inspection. Because of the experimental nature of her work opening the kiln is always greatly anticipated and done with a degree of nervousness. Sometimes she is confronted with Armageddon, sometimes it feels like Christmas.

Sometimes the interior of her vessels tells a little more of the story. Bridget likes to incorporate materials from the places or emotions that inspired them. Drawings, maps and hand-written notes hint at a place or time of significance. The insides are glazed, which draws out the colours. The exterior is polished and waxed to a unique glow.
Bridget is a member of Design Nation, a Crafts Council body set up to promote British design by some of the most innovative designers and craftspeople from across the UK. Bridget has recently been elected as an Associate Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

 

“I delight in the repeated refining of my pieces, revelling in the challenge of taking risks with the materials, constantly striving to make the most lustrous pieces that I can.”
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