Thursday, August 6, 2009

An interview with Sue Dickinson

Q – Could you introduce yourself briefly to the readers?

My name is Sue Dickinson, I’m originally from Plymouth, but have been living and working in Swindon for the past 9 years

Q - How did you become interested in art?

My interest in art came from taking an evening class in ceramics run by Swindon College, I enjoyed it so much, I then did a years access course followed by a 2 year HND in ceramics

Q - What inspires you most as an artist?

What inspires me most as an artist is the sea, pebbles and washed up articles found on the shoreline. I also love it when people praise my work-don’t we all!

Q - What is your favourite medium or media? Why?

My current favourite medium is clay especially porcelain slip (liquid clay) and crank clay-both have such different textures and qualities

Q - Could you tell us some more about your work?

I create pendants that are very tactile, like washed up shiny pebbles on the beach. As a sideline, I’ve just started producing small ornamental cats-I love cats and have made a few in the past for friends

Jewellery by Sue Dickinson

Q - How would you define your style?

Each piece of my jewellery is hand crafted, so each piece is unique.

Q - What are your influences; artists from the past or present who inspire you?

A few of my favourite ceramicists who are influencing my work include Paul Jackson, Nicky May and Charlotte Jones who are all from the present day

Q - How do you choose the subjects of your works?

From being influenced by the elements and the weather-the sea can be all different colours and take on so many shapes depending on the weather

Q- How do you prepare yourself for an exhibition or a show like the Open Studios?

I am preparing for open studio by producing as much as I can beforehand! I have a shared studio space at Wagon Yard in Marlborough, which I share with 3 other potters and we all give each other a lot of support and encouragement when it comes to exhibitions!

Q- Did you take part in the Swindon Open Studios in the past?

This is my first open studio

Q - Are there territories (media, subjects, etc.) you want to explore in the coming years?

I’d like to do more with textiles and somehow use textiles and ceramics together-but that’s a long way off!

Q - As an artist, what would be your dream?

To run my own shop in Devon/Cornwall where every article I made got sold!

Q - Could you share one thing that you have learnt in your own art practice that would be useful to other artists?

Keep at it and believe in your dreams!

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