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One Year On: Mitch Pilkington: Winner of Rising Stars 2018

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Saturday 7 March 2020 - Saturday 18 April 2020 - 10.00 - 17.00


The New Ashgate Gallery

Drawn to the organic, natural forms of coastal forays in her home of North Devon, and the worn, dry spirals of weathered conch shells, gathered on warm Caribbean beaches, Mitch communicates the sculptural qualities of these influences. Her ceramics are instinctively handformed in an emotionally intuitive and mindful process using methods such as coiling and pinching. Each piece, a vessel for her emotional journey. Working in grogged stoneware clay, with a palate of coastal shades, and using various stains, slips and oxides, she enhances the natural stone-like quality of the clay.

Hand-building is what drives Mitch’s passion to create her sculptural ceramics. The rhythmic, meditative and mindful process of coiling, and the many hours scraping and sculpting, provide her with the emotional salve to the stresses of life’s everyday challenges. Each piece is an emotional response to the clay, hosting their calming solace. Mitch creates a haptic aesthetic that communicates a sense of calm, serenity and connection.