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Artist of the Month

Lorna Fraser

Lorna Fraser studied ceramics at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and has exhibited both nationally and internationally since graduating.

Dahlia, Lorna Fraser; Photo: Lorna Fraser

IN 2007 Lorna received an honourable mention in the 4th World Ceramic Biennale, Korea.

In 2008 Lorna has been invited to exhibit with Gruppe Kunst at the LANDRATSAMT, Munich.

The inspiration for her recent work comes from her love of gardens and plant life.

The shapes and structure of plant life provides her with an endless array of ideas. When translating these ideas into clay the challenge is to respond to the sculptural quality of the plant whilst also reflecting their fragility and vulnerability. Recently Lorna has also been trying to capture the feeling of movement, created by a gentle breeze.

At the moment Lorna doesnt use colour in her work, preferring the beautiful surface quality of the porcelain body. The whiteness of the work emphasises the statuesque qualities of the forms, and the shadows they cast become integral to the piece.

The work is made in porcelain using a combination of hand-building, extruding and throwing.

In April 2007 Lorna received a Scottish Arts council Creative Development Award to develop a new body of work using porcelain instead of earthenware clay. Unlike earthenware, porcelain can withstand the elements, so the work could be sited outdoors. 

The award also allowed for trips to Kew Gardens, enabling to build up a large resource of photographs and sketches.

Cross Polination, Lorna Fraser; Photo: Lorna Fraser

Receiving this award has allowed Lorna's work to move forward into a new phase of creative development; which in turn has led to new exciting approaches in her practice and in the advancement of her craft.

Cross Polination, Lorna Fraser; Photo: Lorna Fraser

This period of development has fed directly into the new work created for the 'Scissors, Paper, Stone' exhibition at City Art Centre in Edinburgh. Makers were asked to create work based on the theme of Edinburgh. Lorna chose to place a large collection of ceramic pieces together to form a dream garden, inspired by Edinburgh’s allotments and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

The pieces in 'Cross Pollination' are varying shapes and sizes reflecting the different plants that inspired them.

Lorna's work can also be seen at 'Gifted' at The National Museums of Scotland from 16 November 2007 - 6 January 2008.

Lily, Lorna Fraser; Photo: Lorna Fraser

'Scissors, Paper, Stone' is at the City Art Centre until 19 January 2008.

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