Clare Crouchman
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Ceramic Wall Panels

I discovered ceramics in 1992 whist I travelling in Japan.  I immediately felt an affinity with the ceramic process from the earthy, physical, raw clay to the alchemy of the kiln firing.  I continued this fascination with clay by studying MA Ceramics at UWIC, Cardiff where I developed my individual technique of inlaying different clays within a two dimensional format.

I have been creating my highly distinctive ceramic wall panels since setting up my own studio in 1997. The clay has unique properties that I enjoy exploring.  The multiple textures ranging from heavy grog to highly glazed porcelain create tactile, contrasting surfaces.  The ceramic medium also allows a variety of lines and marks to be utilized in my work. As well as painting with different stained clays and inlaying forms, drawing into the clay is a crucial element of my work. It is in itself a contemplative process.

I create wall panels as individual pieces or as a larger series.  As well as exhibiting in galleries and art fairs, I have worked in collaboration with art consultants and interior designers to create site specific work.  I also offer a bespoke commissioning service for domestic interiors.

Fine Art Prints

Clare Crouchman is a well known British ceramicist and printmaker based in Cambridge.  Clare has studied both ceramics and printmaking and has an MA in printmaking from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.  She runs a busy studio where, along with her ceramic wall art, she creates hand produced prints in small editions.  Her collagraphs prints are created using several plates which are manipulated by the artist using added materials which result in richly textured surfaces.

The British landscape has always been an inspiration to Clare.  It was from studying the abstracted patterns and textures in nature that led her to intuitively sensing an underlying order and ‘interconnectedness’ of all things.  This in turn led to an interest in how the worlds of art and science converge.  The resulting rhythms and lines suggest an underlying network of integration that further reflect ideas that nature is an orderly process in the ‘chaos’ of the world.

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Clare Crouchman Winter Open Studio 2018
Repeats every day until Sun Dec 02 2018.
1 Dec 2018 -
11:30 to 18:00
Clare Crouchman Winter Open Studio 1st and 2nd December 2018
Clare Crouchman Winter Open Studio 2018
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Cambridge Open Studios 2019
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Winter Open Studio 2018
Clare Crouchman Winter Open Studio The Studio 14 Shirley Road Histon, Cambridge CB24 9JR 1st and 2nd December 2018 11 am - 6 pm (other times by appointment)
Winter Open Studio 2018
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printmaking, ceramics
Contemporary ceramic wall panels and limited edition fine art prints. Contemplative work inspired by rhythmical and repetitive patterns in nature.
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In 1992, whist I travelling in Japan, I discovered ceramics.  I immediately felt an affinity with the ceramic process from the earthy, physical, raw clay to the alchemy of the kiln firing.  I continued this fascination with clay by studying MA Ceramics at UWIC, Cardiff in Wales where I developed my individual technique of inlaying different clays within a two dimensional format.

I have been creating my highly distinctive ceramic wall panels since setting up my own studio in 1997. The stoneware clay has unique properties that I enjoy exploring.  There are multiple textures ranging from rough, heavy grog to smooth, shiny glazed porcelain that create tactile, contrasting surfaces.  The ceramic medium allows a variety of lines and marks to be utilized in my work. As well as painting layers with different stained clays and inlaying different clays, drawing into the clay is a crucial element of my work. It is in itself a contemplative process.

 In 2008 I completed an MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.  This has given me another fascinating medium with which to express my ideas.  I use materials that have texture and a richness of surface such as carborundum and collagraph techniques and layer several plates together.  My recent prints combine both the techniques of intaglio and relief printing within one print.

My fascination for the landscape has deepened over the years into an appreciation of the details.  These fragments suggest that there is an orderly process in the chaos of the natural world.  Within my work I use abstracted forms, particularly rhythmical and repetitive patterns, which offer reference to this ordered nature.  Finding my own order in the chaos of the world is explored through the concepts of systems and mathematical patterns whilst maintaining a visual language of reduced and economical form.

I create ceramic wall panels as individual pieces or as a larger series.  My fine art prints are in small limited editions.

As well as exhibiting in galleries and at art fairs, I have worked in collaboration with art consultants and interior designers to create site specific work.  I also offer a bespoke commissioning service for domestic interiors.