nichola theakston

 ceramic sculpture.

sighthound sculpture ceramic dog

unique ceramic sculpture

Gorilla portrait sculpture ceramic sculpture

Typically coil or slab built constructions, unique works are responses to subject, and may form a small series or body of work evolving over time. Working in series facilitates the pursuit of an elusive idea or gesture that is not always captured immediately. It allows for experimentation and accident, but also a developing understanding of subject. A slight ambivalence in form may be balanced by an emphasis on emotion and expression. Work is often at risk during construction and the resulting fragility is integral to both concept and aesthetic.

The notion that an individual creature  may experience some ‘otherness’ or spiritual dimension beyond our understanding of its instinctive animal behaviours,  is the premise behind  much of my work, and portraiture a vehicle to I use to explore feeling and expression.  Primates in particular are  an obvious and compelling choice of subject given their genetic proximity to human kind, but it is important to me that all subjects are sculpted with sensitivity and empathy,  inviting the viewer to relate and reflect.


bronze editions

Bronze hare head

Bronze sculpture is made at at Castle Fine Arts Foundry using the lost wax process from the original clay sculpture, and are produced in small editions.