Group of three nerve cell bowls

Group of three nerve cell bowls

Group of three nerve cell bowls

Group of three nerve cell bowls

Group of three nerve cell bowls

Group of three nerve cell bowls

Group of three nerve cell bowls

Group of three nerve cell bowls

Ceramic Sculpture


I am an Artist based in London, and have spent many years using clay to express myself.

Achieving a first-class Degree in Ceramics, gave me a tactile awareness that is so important when building in clay.

keren harragan ceramic artist pottery clay pot studio London earthenware kiln fired coil hand built burnish technique smooth red terracotta surface sgraffito scratch lines draw into glaze shape form art vessel small bowl image sea monster seaweed crowd group white lines sgraffito earthenware red clay bowl

Under the Sea
Various small bowls 9cm x 3.5cm

Choosing clay as a medium allows me to use my hands to coil and mold a terracotta form that is relevant to my ideas. As the clay dries I paint the surface with slips of different colour and burnish the surface repeatedly making it smooth. The vessel is not complete until I have drawn into it’s surface - a process known as sgraffito - using thin simple lines to introduce unique expressive markings. The work is bisque fired before white china clay is inlayed into the sgraffito emphasizing the drawn lines. And a second firing at earthenware temperature ensures the dynamic colours and design are matured and the vessel is made strong.

Exploring our behaviour - when do we come together and interact as ‘a group’ or congregate en masse forming ‘a crowd’? Be it small or large, a family or an audience, 'a group' is made up of unique individuals with a common factor. Using form, shape, colour, line, and texture I can express my investigation.

keren harragan ceramic artist pottery clay pot studio London earthenware kiln fired coil hand built burnish technique smooth red terracotta surface sgraffito scratch lines draw into glaze shape form art vessel small bowl image sea monster seaweed crowd group white lines sgraffito earthenware red clay bowl

Group of 12 Blue bowls
12 Small bowls 7cm x 3cm