What makes me do it?
A product of Scotland: I was born in Glasgow and attended Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, I have now lived on the edge of The Peak District for more than 30 years. I am continually inspired by the wildlife that surrounds me.. Birds and sea creatures are a particular interest as well as woodland and moorland animals. I return to the Isle of Arran regularly every year where I run a holiday let The Old Schoolhouse, Kildonan These two wildlife-rich environments are an endless source of ideas and motivation for my work.
The slow process of burnishing can be traced back to 10,000 years BC. It has the advantages of strengthening the clay and making it silky smooth, giving it an inherent sheen. Each piece has been rubbed and refined over many days. It is a meditative action that makes each piece highly satisfying to hold and touch.
I’ve always loved a bonfire, so painting with smoke seems like the perfect way to enhance my sculptures. Its natural patina and qualities are the ideal marriage between subject and technique. I’m constantly experimenting with natural materials like heather, seaweed and banana skins to see their effect and the lack of control makes every firing an adventure.
You can catch up on weekly activities in my Facebook page: Vivienne Sillar ceramics and on Instagram: @viviennesillar
My work has been seen in over 20 galleries from the Orkneys to The Channel Islands and many places in between. I regularly show my work with Peak District Artisans in venues throughout the Peak District and you can see the galleries I have stock in by going to the Galleries/stockists page. Forthcoming and recent events are also listed on a separate page.