Cheryl Ann Thomas - Maker of the Week

Monday 24 October 2011

An investigation of process has been the catalyst and determined the trajectory of Cheryl's work. Constructing a column by coiling tiny ropes of clay (about 1.5mm (1/16in) of an inch in diameter) creates an unstable and fragile form, which collapses during the firing in the kiln.

In 2008 Cheryl began combining collapsed pieces and refiring them to create a more complex sculpture. Cheryl says that she uses a similar process coiling warm wax strands to create metal sculptures. These are singular works since she uses the lost wax technique.

Her latest and largest sculptures were exhibited recently at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO. See her website for further details.




Images, from top to bottom:

1. 'Artifact 6' stainless steel, 2011, 610 x 610 x 535mm (24 x 42 x 21in)

2. 'Coupled Relics' porcelain, 2010, 560 x 610 x 535mm (22 x 24 x 21in), 'New Work', Frank Lloyd Gallery, 2011

3. 'Five Relics' coloured porcelain, 2010, 585 x 585 x 560mm (23 x 23 x 22in)

4. 'Artifact 3' bronze, 2010, 940 x 610 x 560mm (37 x 24 x 22in), ‘New Work’, Frank Lloyd Gallery, 2011

5. 'Relic Heap - white' porcelain, 2011, 865 x 785 x 815mm (34 x 31 x 32in), 'Overthrown', Denver Art Museum, CO, USA, 2011

6. 'Relic Heap - black' coloured porcelain, 2011, 560 x 1040 x 1040mm (22 x 41 x 41in), 'Overthrown', Denver Art Museum, 2011 (ALL PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHERYL ANN THOMAS)