Working in porcelain, Ruth Gibson combines a love of photography, printmaking and ceramics, to evoke a sense of place; and in this exhibition the work is inspired by the landscape of the Llŷn Peninsula.

Imagery includes winter trees, textures in nature, birds in flight, 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 this wild landscape are echoed in the shapes of the ceramic pieces. A fascination with the silhouette of the peninsula seen from afar is a theme that runs through this work. The repeated image of the outline, as well as shapes of the hills and the patterns of their contour lines found on maps, are incorporated into her designs.

Utilising 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 moulds, the print can be distorted, or small sections can be added or removed to create abstract patterns. The work is enhanced by the addition of glazes and local clays used in a painterly style.


Through these artworks, Ruth is interested in conveying the peace and contemplative qualities which one can experience when immersed in the natural environment. She seeks to enhance the qualities of porcelain and to reflect nature; the whiteness of a perfectly round pebble, the seemingly scratched patterns found in stones and the smoothness of sea-worn shells inform the design and surface quality. The gathering and sorting of found objects, stones in particular, has been a life-long obsession!

Whilst researching for this project, it has been a delight for Ruth to discover that her father, a poet, has written poems about this locality and that he had a similar fascination for the outline of the hills. Ruth has focused on one poem in particular describing the shape of the hills, which appears here on a porcelain rock and in a sound piece.

There is a play between 2D and 3D in some of the work, where flat images are printed on curved surface or a small three dimensional stones may carry a distant view. Stones have been utilised as canvases for the work.

At Porth Dinllaen on the north coast, the cliffs are prone to landslides and in the winter clay is exposed on the beach. Ruth has worked with this clay directly on the beach as well as gathering it to be incorporated into her work. This exhibition has prompted much exploration of this locally found clay, and more experimental work, exploring the possibilities of the clay (kiln failures not exhibited !)The found clay worked particularly well as a slip and a glaze, and features in a number of pieces here. It fires to a rich dark glassy brown colour at high temperatures.

Painting the landscape with clay from beneath the earth deepens the connection between artwork and material. Ruth has always been interested in large-scale ceramics, and her compositions are built up of multiple ceramic pieces, to achieve ceramic wall art on a bigger scale.

This exhibition features her largest wall pieces made to date. Creating work for this exhibition has been a mammoth task; Ruth’s largest body of work to be seen in one place.

"Screen-printed and glazed ceramic artworks utilising photography and ceramic printing techniques; allowing for photo realism combined with more abstract mark making to build up layers of images."

Ruth Gibson, January 2019

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Tree Shells

Tree Shells

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porcelain print on brick clay

Murmuration Shell

Murmuration Shell

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stoneware and print

Poppy Heads

Poppy Heads

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porcelain print on slate

Mussels

Mussels

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9 x 29cm - porcelain print on slate

Shoreline

Shoreline

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stoneware print and glaze

Blue Pools

Blue Pools

£ 2500

99 x 99cm - porcelain

Coastal Elements I

Coastal Elements I

£ 800

stoneware and print

Seascape Stones I

Seascape Stones I

£ 2500

125 x 78cm - stoneware print glaze

Earth and Water

Earth and Water

£ 600

cobalt, porcelain and Porthdinllaen clay

Murmuring Shoreline

Murmuring Shoreline

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64 x 32cm - glaze and print

Ominous

Ominous

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porcelain glaze print

Mapped Beech - Yr Eifl under beech branches

Mapped Beech - Yr Eifl under beech branches

£ 225

28 x 50cm - screen print on porcelain

Seascape Stones IV

Seascape Stones IV

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65 x 48cm - stoneware

Walking Bowls

Walking Bowls

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porcelain print

Porth Nefyn Megalith with Tree

Porth Nefyn Megalith with Tree

£ 250

25 x 53cm - stoneware print glaze

Porthdinllaen Megalith with Tree

Porthdinllaen Megalith with Tree

£ 250

22 x x53cm - stoneware print glaze

Porthdinllaen Megaliths

Porthdinllaen Megaliths

£ 500

stoneware glaze print

Marks of the Llyn I

Marks of the Llyn I

£ 85

25 x 25cm - porcelain paper clay and Porthdinllaen clay

Stone Bowl

Stone Bowl

£ 85

25 x 25cm - porcelain paper clay

Marks of Llyn II

Marks of Llyn II

£ 85

25 x 25cm - porcelain paper clay and Porthdinllaen clay

Peninsula Contours I

Peninsula Contours I

£ 145

18 x 60cm - porcelain paperclay and print

Llyn Stone II

Llyn Stone II

£ 145

porcelain paper clay, transfer and Porthdinllaen clay

Rocks of Mon

Rocks of Mon

£ 145

porcelain paper clay and transfer

Llyn Stone I

Llyn Stone I

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porcelain paper clay and transfer

Parched Earth

Parched Earth

£ 145

unfired porcelain paper clay and Porthdinllaen clay

Peninsula Contours II

Peninsula Contours II

£ 145

23 x 40.5cm - porcelain and print

Ivy and Thistle

Ivy and Thistle

£ 225

31 x 42cm - porcelain and print

Tree Lines

Tree Lines

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porcelain and print

Murmuration over Porthdinllaen

Murmuration over Porthdinllaen

£ 175

porcelain and print

Deep Blue

Deep Blue

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19 x 52cm - porcelain paperclay glaze on slate

Llyn Stones

Llyn Stones

£ 225

23 x 41cm - Porthdinllaen clay + porcelain

Blue Stone on Wood IV

Blue Stone on Wood IV

£ 100

porcelain, paper + clay on wood

Llyn Earth

Llyn Earth

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Porthdinllaen clay and porcelain

Limpets

Limpets

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9 x 29cm - porcelain print on brick clay

Map Stone I

Map Stone I

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porcelain paper clay and transfer

Porcelain Clay Contour

Porcelain Clay Contour

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porcelain transfer

Slate Echoed

Slate Echoed

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brick clay + slate

Blue Stone on Wood III

Blue Stone on Wood III

£ 100

porcelain, paper + clay on wood

Blue Stone on Wood II

Blue Stone on Wood II

£ 100

porcelain, paper + clay on wood

Cobalt Reflection

Cobalt Reflection

£ 225

slip cast, porcelain + cobalt

Llyn Moments

Llyn Moments

£ 85

porcelain, paper, clay + Porthdinllaen clay

Slate Fence

Slate Fence

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porcelain, paper, clay

Tree Line

Tree Line

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porcelain, paper, clay

Yr Eifl Profile

Yr Eifl Profile

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porcelain, paper, clay, print glaze

Llyn Clay

Llyn Clay

£ 125

50 x 20cm - Porthdinllaen clay

Pebbles Gathered

Pebbles Gathered

£ 125

50 x 20cm - print and porcelain

Shells

Shells

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10 x 30cm - porcelain print and slate

Waves II

Waves II

£ 100

47.5 x 12cm - porcelain and cobalt

Yr Eifl Containedr

Yr Eifl Containedr

£ 145

16 x 46cm - porcelain and print

Dusk Trees II

Dusk Trees II

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56 x 48cm - stoneware

Porth y Nant

Porth y Nant

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20 x 58cm - stoneware print glaze

Under Yr Eifl

Under Yr Eifl

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20 x 58cm - stoneware print glaze

Stone Prints II

Stone Prints II

£ 250

34 x 74cm - stoneware prints

Seascape Stones III

Seascape Stones III

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78 x 42cm - stoneware

Dusk Trees I

Dusk Trees I

£ 450

64 x 58cm - stoneware print

Seascape Stones II

Seascape Stones II

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114 x 74cm - stoneware print and glaze

Slate Peak

Slate Peak

£ 350

43 x 63cm - porcelain and slate

Murmuration Wave

Murmuration Wave

£ 3000

219 x 69cm - screen printed porcelain bowls