The Barony Centre, Craft Town Scotland.

50 Main Street, West Kilbride, Ayrshire. KA23 9AR

Exhibition featuring new ceramic works by Lorraine Robson, Linlithgow, plus some new collaborative works.  Entry to all Barony Centre exhibitions is free of charge.

The Barony Centre, Craft Town Scotland is delighted to premier ‘Offerings’, an exhibition showing new Sculptural Ceramics by Lorraine Robson.  The show features sculptural and tactile ceramics along with collaborative artworks with Lise Bech, Black, Molly Ginnelly and Liz Myhill; incorporating silver, brass, willow, bark, steel and silk, all are derived from underlying ideas of water, pollution, sacrifice, decay, mutation, war and lost culture.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in Edinburgh, Lorraine Robson spent some years working as a Cartographer before studying Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. After graduating she worked for a Commercial Sculpture Studio, producing commissioned fibreglass figures. During this period Lorraine’s own sculpture developed in plaster, fibreglass and cold cast metals. This work was exhibited in galleries including the Collective, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Fruitmarket Gallery.

Lorraine at work in her Studio

Lorraine Robson makes beautiful, thought provoking, sophisticated hand-built ceramics that pay homage to ancient skills while embracing contemporary influences. She creates intuitively, a fusion of ideas, drawing on a kaleidoscope of images and observations to make work with a unique identity balanced between manufactured, machine made and organic references. Her ceramics, often dictated by the classic vessel form and containment, are not designed as functional.

Coiling is her main method of construction, slab and pinching for more complex forms. The clay surface is refined using metal scrapers and further worked using abrasive papers when dry. Each hand-built vessel is fired a minimum of three times, the surface sanded and polished using silicon carbide, then diamond abrasives, between each firing.

“In a world where pressure is on instant results, dominated by commercialism and technology, I enjoy the meditative nature of allowing the form to evolve with handwork, imagination, and human labour using the most primitive and natural materials available - the earth itself”.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

2012 Kerameikon, The fourth International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics, City Museum in Varazdin, Croatia.
2012 UNICUM, International Ceramic Triennial, Slovenia.
2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale.
2011 "inside out", Herzer Palace of the City Museum of Varazdin, Croatia.
2011 Return to the Earth, Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington.
2011 KB2011, Internationale Keramik-Biennale der Stadt Kapfenberg, Austria.
2011 ‘Unite’ Collins Gallery, Glasgow.
2011 International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Hungary.
2010 Roger Billcliff Gallery, Glasgow, UK.

COLLECTIONS

Scottish Power
Forestry Commission
Maclay Murray & Spens
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
Private collections in UK and USA