Ken Jaquiery, ceramic sculptor

Nature is the great creator of beauty. Every trip out of the house is another opportunity to discover natureís creations.

Sculptor Sarah Smith introduced me to clay as a medium for sculpting when I attended her Introduction to Sculpture course at the Field Studies Council's Malham Tarn Field Centre. It is a medium that is pliable, can be carved, shaped by hand or tools and added to. I have found a medium that I can use to create art work of any size or shape I wish. In saying that, using clay doesnít mean you can make anything with ease. Each piece of work that I have made, I have had to learn how to use the clay to get the result I wanted. Learning to use clay for sculpting will be an ongoing process.

I have also been inspired by the work of Monica Young.

Monica was a little lady who made big sculptural pots. Her style was similar to the lines and shapes I had been incorporating into the jewellery and bone carving I had made in the past. The scale of her work appealed to me too. Monica had built her pots by using the coiling method. Coiling is a versatile and strong way of building pots, by controlling the drying of the clay, pots can be built to any size or shape. I have concentrated on learning how to coil clay pots, in the hope of being able to make work to the same scale as Monica.

Iím often asked where I get my ideas from. Nature and the world around me are my inspiration. When I come across something I like the camera enables me to bring an idea home and adapt it to my sculptures. Then from one idea I find there is no limit to the variations that grow from the first sculpture. I enjoy the challenge of making a sculpture and I get a great deal of pleasure from other people enjoying the result of my work. Just as body adornment can enhance a personís natural beauty, sculpture can enhance the beauty of our homes. I aspire to create beautiful sculptures that can enable people to improve the aesthetics and ambience in their homes.