CPT Sculptural Ceramics

Catherine Phipps Titcombe MA Ceramics, Northern School of Design UCLAN: Ceramic Artist based in Devon UK since November 2013

During the summer in Manchester I was working on my ‘Ancient Ruins’ project. I constructed a couple of columns using concrete, adapted sculptures from previous work and recycled glass.
Since moving to Devon I nolonger have a studio until we find our new home & studio here. I therefore decided to post a close up photograph of one of my columns. I intend to polish the concrete to a smooth finish when the weather improves!

During the summer in Manchester I was working on my ‘Ancient Ruins’ project. I constructed a couple of columns using concrete, adapted sculptures from previous work and recycled glass.

Since moving to Devon I nolonger have a studio until we find our new home & studio here. I therefore decided to post a close up photograph of one of my columns. I intend to polish the concrete to a smooth finish when the weather improves!

— 9 months ago

I took these photographs of the ancient city of Aptera in western Crete during the summer of 2013. This place was truly incredible; so much effort had gone into preserving and piecing together the history of this arid land which was once sited vast rain water wells, cisterns and a huge public bath. 

— 10 months ago

My latest project since July 2013 

I’ve taken inspiration from visiting ancient ruins, monasteries and disused buildings to create a group of sculptures that symbolise the importance of conserving more of our buildings today. I got to thinking about what these places represent for people personally as I believe buildings and the land on which they are built remain central to all our lives.

I’m in favour of harmonising old and new in building design and the materials I work with when making ceramic sculpture. For this project I aimed to limit the new materials I would use by recycling and adapting moulds and sculptures I’d previously made. I made up my own clay using recycled additions including gritty particles from a river close to my home. I also chose to use concrete as it’s been used over thousands of years in buildings of historical importance and its popular today for its longevity. 

I focussed particularly on two very different locations to assist me with my ideas. The sites I used were Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire and ruins of the ancient city of Aptera in Crete.

— 10 months ago
'Pinch Pot Eruptions' now available at Dean Clough in Halifax. Dean Clough is a former Victorian carpet mill which today, houses a business complex, galleries, theatre, music, restaurant and The Design Shop where you’ll find a selection of my pots.

'Pinch Pot Eruptions' now available at Dean Clough in Halifax. Dean Clough is a former Victorian carpet mill which today, houses a business complex, galleries, theatre, music, restaurant and The Design Shop where you’ll find a selection of my pots.

— 1 year ago with 3 notes
#ceramic sculpture  #ceramic art 

During this week I spent two days on a Throwing Course led by internationally renowned potter David Frith. I was out of my comfort zone given I use very different handbuilding techniques. Despite this I managed to throw a few pieces which should be good enough to use as tableware when I’ve fired them.

I would definitely recommend him. David and Margaret Frith advertise their intensive courses in Ceramic Review at their studio in Denbigh, Wales.

— 2 years ago
#ceramic art 
Pinch Pot Eruptions
A selected group of 10 artists and potters from the Northern Potters Association took part in an exhibition in Congleton, Cheshire from
19th - 30th November 2012.
The fylers for the event described the exhibition as a ‘pottery exhibition’ so I thought I’d deviate from my sculptural style by making a group of pinch pots characterised by their organic shape with indented surfaces where fingers worked the clay. Using various recycled materials and additions to clay, the process was rather time consuming as the clay body had a tendency to break up easily. Despite the lengthy process of making the clay body, pinching, firing, adding glazes/oxides and grinding each base I was pleased with the erupting pots. Some of my smaller sculptures were also on sale at this event.

Pinch Pot Eruptions

A selected group of 10 artists and potters from the Northern Potters Association took part in an exhibition in Congleton, Cheshire from

19th - 30th November 2012.

The fylers for the event described the exhibition as a ‘pottery exhibition’ so I thought I’d deviate from my sculptural style by making a group of pinch pots characterised by their organic shape with indented surfaces where fingers worked the clay. Using various recycled materials and additions to clay, the process was rather time consuming as the clay body had a tendency to break up easily. Despite the lengthy process of making the clay body, pinching, firing, adding glazes/oxides and grinding each base I was pleased with the erupting pots. Some of my smaller sculptures were also on sale at this event.

— 2 years ago
#Pottery Exhibition  #Ceramic Sculpture 

Exhibited some of my Clique Sculptures at Millyard Gallery, Uppermill Saddleworth

Autumn Exhibition 2012 from Saturday 13th October until Sunday 11th November.

— 2 years ago
Using oxides and glazes to emphasise the contrasting elements of each piece.

Using oxides and glazes to emphasise the contrasting elements of each piece.

— 2 years ago
#oxides and glazes  #ceramic sculpture  #contemporary ceramics 
I’m continuing to work with additions to the clay bodies including combustibles and non combustibles. These alter the structure of the clay I use, giving a geological aesthetic when fired to stoneware.

I’m continuing to work with additions to the clay bodies including combustibles and non combustibles. These alter the structure of the clay I use, giving a geological aesthetic when fired to stoneware.

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#geological stoneware  #contemporary ceramics  #ceramic sculpture