Annie Crowe BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design 2020
Annie is a Manchester-based ceramicist, specialising in wheel throwing and glazing. She combines simplistic ceramic forms as a canvas with explorative, experimental and tactile glaze to create sculptural objects. This process evokes an abstract response to the weather-worn coastal landscape that informs her current practice.
Finding inspiration within the natural world, Annie’s starting points often come from sketches, photographs or found objects from a range of coastal destinations and the memories of these places. Residing in the starkly contrasting urban environment, she aims to encapsulate and translate her experience of the coastline within the objects she creates.
Annie communicates these ideas through a combination of slips, englobes and bold reactive glazes that transform and produces unpredictable spontaneous outcomes during the firing process, capturing a permutable state as the kiln cools. Working with a subtle and muted colour pallet of neutral tones enables texture, gradient and depth to be the focus of the object.
Annie values the unpredictable nature and challenges that occur when working with a natural medium like clay. She considers her practice to be a collaboration between herself and the material, allowing her making process to be flexible and lenient, often resulting in exciting, unique and unexpected outcomes.