J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics
Anna Collette Hunt works with ceramics to create objects of contemporary fine craft that rekindle a forgotten, childlike sense of curiosity and delight. Viewers are compelled to investigate the ceramics, as they search for the hidden elements and text on the vessels, or investigate the glazed illustrations with their hands. The scenes and compositions captured upon the surfaces speak of historic grandeur and past traditions, whilst on closer inspection whisper darker sentiments delicately into your ear.
The curiously odd ceramics radiate her preoccupation with historic houses for their excessive decoration, opulence, and obsessive natural history collections and specimens. Drawings of these elements are playfully translated onto the clay. Scale and setting is often distorted to keep the images fresh and stimulating. Visual depth is achieved through the many layers of colours, markings and transfers that are fired upon the ceramic surface. The resulting objects exert a rich and captivating presence that delights, intrigues and is sometimes haunting to the eye.
Anna graduated with First Class Honours in Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University in 2009.