Abi Wills
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July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2021
Cambridge Open Studios 2021
fine art, ceramics, sculpture
Ceramic, metal and glass objects

    My first career was as a historian, and my work as an artist continues to be inspired by the past. I'm interested in ancient objects - the material connection to past lives that they represent, and the feeling of intimacy and longing that they provoke. Most recently I have been thinking about objects as repositories of emotions, as holders of secrets and as transmitters of memory.

    I am a technique magpie, combining traditional processes such as slip-casting with more modern ones such as laser cutting. I am also interested in testing the boundaries and bonds between materials, combining clay with glass and metal. 

    I have been a maker of one sort or another ever since childhood, but only relatively recently made the leap into full time artistic practice. I completed the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at City Lit in 2018 with distinction, and the 'Contemporary Practice' course in 2019. I was a finalist in Handmade Britain's 'Identity' competition, exhibiting at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.