Hannah Tounsend: Ceramics and Print
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Porthminster Beach monoprint

Porthminster Beach monoprint

Photographer Dave Usher

Hannah Tounsend combines ceramics and printmaking to create collections of sensitively realised vessel forms and subtly layered monoprints exploring the layered landscapes and sea-washed, weatherworn surfaces of the British coastline. Marks, lines and diffuse merging colours are built up, cut through and dissolved away. The repeatedly worked surfaces of clay and print are under constant revision, referencing the endless remaking of the shore.                                                                                                                          Hannah’s vessel pieces are formed using a hybrid making technique of slip casting and throwing. Within an open plaster mould she builds layers of printed, poured and painted casting slips, overlaying colours on the porous surface. These designs are incorporated into a cast shell of clay, before mould and cast are fixed centrally to a throwing wheel. A partially thrown cylinder of plastic clay is joined to the cut rim of the still moulded cast and fully thrown out. The presence of the mould allows the formation of a flange of clay that accentuates the join and breaks away in pleasingly irregular fragments as the piece shrinks and pulls inwards. Selected Awards: 2016: ‘New Designers One Year On Award’ New Designers, Islington. 2015: ‘FRESH’ winner, The British Ceramics Biennial. 2015: ‘Snug Gallery Showcase Award’, The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. Selected Exhibitions: 2016 ‘FRESH lines’ Solo Show - Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Denmark. 2016: ‘Hannah Tounsend Ceramics and Print’ Showcase Exhibition - Snug Gallery, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. 2016: ‘Collective: A Maker’s Exhibition’ - Craft Central, London. 2016: ‘Meet the Best New Makers’ - The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. 2016: ‘The Northern Design Festival’ - The Assembly House, Newcastle upon Tyne. 2016: ‘Beneath The Surface’ - The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds.

Client list
Snug Gallery, 58, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. HX7 6AA

Bircham Gallery, 14, Market Place, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6BW

Cank Street Gallery, 44-46 Cank Street    Leicester    LE1 5GW

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