Based in Dolgellau, ceramicist and sculptor Elin Hughes creates vessels derived from an eclectic range of pottery traditions. She uses traditional techniques including throwing on the potter’s wheel and wood firing to create sculptural vessels that explore ideas around identity, flux, control, and the role of skill in today’s society.

Elin Hughes’ first solo exhibition ‘On Earth a Little Space’ brings together a new series of abstract vessels transmuted through fire, a mischievous reimagining of British country pottery traditions. Juxtaposing the traditional method of throwing on the potter’s wheel with unselfconscious improvisation, Elin creates forms caught in digital glitches between familiarity and uncertainty.

Cracked, pierced, and encrusted with wood ash, these vessels blur the boundaries between inside and outside space. As a result, they draw attention to the universal unifying nature of space between atoms, between other humans and between galaxies.

Many of these pieces were fired at the Oxford Anagama Project in an ancient style of Japanese tunnel kiln. The kiln is fuelled by wood and takes three days to fire, an arduous and highly technical process during which volunteers work in shifts day and night. The resulting colours are the outcome of interactions between iron, copper and carbon which are essential elements to the survival of all life forms on earth.

'On Earth a Little Space' will be at Plas Glyn y Weddw from January 30 to March 20, 2022

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‘Faulty Cider Jar’ 2020

‘Faulty Cider Jar’ 2020

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20x14x14 cm - Wood fired stoneware clay with chun glaze

‘Faulty Cider Jar’ 2020

‘Faulty Cider Jar’ 2020

Sold

20x14x14 cm - Wood fired stoneware clay with chun glaze

‘Inverted Jug’ 2020

‘Inverted Jug’ 2020

£ 350

24x19x14 cm - Wood fired stoneware with mixed glazes

‘Inverted Jug’ 2020

‘Inverted Jug’ 2020

£ 350

24x19x14 cm - Wood fired stoneware with mixed glazes

‘Dissolving Jug’ 2021

‘Dissolving Jug’ 2021

£ 480

28x21x18 cm - Wood fired stoneware with celadon glaze

‘Dissolving Jug’ 2021

‘Dissolving Jug’ 2021

£ 480

28x21x18 cm - Wood fired stoneware with celadon glaze

‘Retrograde Vessel’ 2021

‘Retrograde Vessel’ 2021

£ 520

34x24x23 cm - Wood fired stoneware with glaze

'Retrograde Vessel’ 2021

'Retrograde Vessel’ 2021

£ 520

34x24x23 cm - Wood fired stoneware with glaze

‘Non-dualist Cider Jar’ 2021

‘Non-dualist Cider Jar’ 2021

£ 395

20x20x15 cm - Wood fired stoneware with ilmenite glaze and wild clay inclusions

‘Non-dualist Cider Jar’ 2021

‘Non-dualist Cider Jar’ 2021

£ 395

20x20x15 cm - Wood fired stoneware with ilmenite glaze and wild clay inclusions

‘Celadon Hallucinating’ 2021

‘Celadon Hallucinating’ 2021

£ 395

19x17x15 cm - Wood fired stoneware with celadon glaze

‘Celadon Hallucinating’ 2021

‘Celadon Hallucinating’ 2021

£ 395

19x17x15 cm - Wood fired stoneware with celadon glaze

‘Flashing Vessel’ 2021

‘Flashing Vessel’ 2021

£ 350

18x15x15 cm - Wood fired stoneware with chun glaze

Flashing Vessel’ 2021

Flashing Vessel’ 2021

£ 350

18x15x15 cm - Wood fired stoneware with chun glaze

‘Finned Vessel’ 2021

‘Finned Vessel’ 2021

£ 370

22x18x15 cm - Wood fired stoneware with glaze

‘Finned Vessel’ 2021

‘Finned Vessel’ 2021

£ 370

22x18x15 cm - Wood fired stoneware with glaze

‘Fissure’ 2019

‘Fissure’ 2019

£ 420

29x19x18 cm - Gas fired stoneware with copper glaze

‘Fissure’ 2019

‘Fissure’ 2019

£ 420

29x19x18 cm - Gas fired stoneware with copper glaze

‘Whirligig’ 2019

‘Whirligig’ 2019

£ 420

28x20x20 cm - Gas fired stoneware with copper glaze

‘Whirligig’ 2019

‘Whirligig’ 2019

£ 420

28x20x20 cm - Gas fired stoneware with copper glaze

‘Tectonic Shino’ 2021

‘Tectonic Shino’ 2021

£ 480

31x22x21 cm - Wood fired stoneware with shino glaze

‘Tectonic Shino’ 2021

‘Tectonic Shino’ 2021

£ 480

31x22x21 cm - Wood fired stoneware with shino glaze

‘Stratum Teapot’ 2021

‘Stratum Teapot’ 2021

£ NFS

36x24x20 cm - Wood fired stoneware with celadon glaze

‘Stratum Teapot’ 2021

‘Stratum Teapot’ 2021

£ NFS

36x24x20 cm - Wood fired stoneware with celadon glaze