Lesley Crawford

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Artist Statement:

The following ideas are what I have been working on for a long time. They evolve and change but the underlying core remains the same. When I am working I decide which elements I want in my work and which processes will help me produce them. For me edges, contours and spaces are the beginnings of visual ideas. Meeting places for texture and colour. My explorations with colour and glazes have led me to develop ideas using multiple firings I love to thrown but feel the need to build and sculpt as well. For me, the throwing is controlled and contained; hand building is freer and looser. I need a balance of the two experiences. I have spent nearly all of my life in East and Southern Africa but also some in England so these experiences effect how I think and feel and are reflected in my work and what I feel the ‘need’ to make.