Working in porcelain, Ruth Gibson combines a love of photography, printmaking and ceramics, to evoke a sense of place; in particular the Shropshire landscape and the Welsh Coast. With a love of the outdoors, these two passions intertwine through her life, walking in the hills being outdoors, and responding to nature through clay. Inspired by many walks on the rugged Stiperstones, and the Welsh mountains and coast, imagery includes winter trees, textures in nature, the rocks beneath the surface, and the inclusion of sections on map, rooting the work to the place it is inspired by. Ancient standing stones found scattered across the hills are echoed in the shapes of the ceramic pieces. These artworks depict stormy sea, or wild moorland and yet have a calming effect on the viewer.
Utilizing photography and ceramic printing techniques allows for photo realism to be combined with more abstract mark making to build up layers of images. Once screen-printed the clay can be stretched over molds and the print can be distorted, or small sections can be added or removed to create abstract patterns. Ruth captures the beauty of the landscape in her ceramic wall art and her porcelain bowls and platters in bold black and white contain images framed within the vessels. Delicate sea-worn and shell-like polished porcelain shards contain fragments of textures and images, grouped together and mounted on old slates or wood, echo the collections gathered on the shoreline. Her screen-printed ceramics are completed by a complimentary range of porcelain jewellery.
Ruth exhibits in Galleries Nationally and attends Ceramic Fairs across the UK. In 2017 her work was selected for the International Ceramic exhibition ‘Heritage and Diversity’ in Seoul, South Korea.
I have a deep appreciation of the transformative power of our hands; crafting a piece of clay dug from the ground into something beautiful or functional has been a privilege and a delight for this to have been my life’s work.
Ruth Gibson October 2017