Ian Patrick Palmer

Festival: 2022

I am a sculptor working in Raku ceramics, metal and wood – together they allow me to explore the relationship between the man-made and nature, chance and intention. I combine painstakingly heat-coloured copper or steel and the natural graining of old English elm, oak and yew with the chance outcomes of the raku glaze. Working in raku permits me to build my own kilns and thus take ceramic sculpting to experimental places and dimensional limits. The unpredictable nature of raku informs the eventual hard-won order of a finished piece.

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