Anna Whitehouse

Now that the Turnstone Gallery has permanently closed you can keep up with what Anna is doing by following the link at the bottom of this page.

A fascination in marks of erosion and an on-going exploration of tactile objects fuels the making of ceramic artist Anna Whitehouse.

Her practice has evolved from growing up in Yorkshire and spending time outdoors. From scrambling over rocks in the Dales to scouring the beach for fossils near Whitby, these experiences can be seen echoed in her work.

Currently based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Anna creates decorative sculptures, vessels and wall pieces reminiscent of eroded shells, fossils and ancient rock formations, elegantly poised and with a timeless quality. The combination of bright blue glaze with natural, bare clay creates a stunning visual and tactile contrast, while a peppering of weather-beaten indentations adds another dimension to the surface, allowing the glaze to pool naturally in the hollows. Sand collected from Sandsend Beach is also added to this patterned surface to create dramatic colour variations and to reference the coastal origins of the work. While this colour and pattern are in full view on the dramatic sculptural pieces, on the vessel forms they are hidden within, tempting an inquisitive eye.

Ultimately Anna aims to create beautiful and intriguing objects that celebrate stolen moments of observation and curiosity.

Click here to visit Anna's website