Controversial ceramic works: that's what makes Gillian Lowndes so successful

Controversial ceramic works: that's what makes Gillian Lowndes so successful

Gillian Lowndes is a British artist who changed the image of ceramic sculpture with her original approach. 

During a trip to Nigeria with her partner in 1970, she discovered the tribal art of the Yoruba people. She lived  nearly a year and a half with the Yoruba studying their art, which combines materials, textures, and decorations.

 

 

This is how she began to develop radical experimental techniques that will define her art and subsequently bring her success.

Her work challenges the traditional notions of ceramic art, and her sculptures are controversial due to the materials used. 

Gillian Lowndes combines clay with materials such as found objects, bricks, wire, and various daily life objects like kitchen utensils. Through her experimental methods, she challenged the conservative world of ceramic art. 

 

 

For many years her works have remained hidden in private collections. 

Although she gained late recognition, Gillian Lowndes is considered the most daring and radical ceramic artist of her generation.

 

Photos credits:

Photo #1: Gillian Lowndes working on “Tail of the Dog” in the Camberwell Grove studio, 1983. Photo: Gillian Lowndes archive

Photo #2: ”Collage with Tea sieve” Gillian Lowndes, 2004. Photo: Maak contemporary ceramics

Photo #3: “Almost off the Wall”, Gillian Lowndes, 2001. Photo: The Sunday Painter