I am a British artist who creates unique handmade ceramic sculpture, based in Bristol, UK.
The concept behind my ceramic sculpture is born from my observations with the Historic English Heritage monument Stonehenge. This inspires a deep fascination for me. To this day its purpose and meaning still largely remains unknown. It forces myself to learn anew and ask questions.
Therefore I do not intend to replicate its presence in any way but use this as a
foundation to generate ideas around imagination, possibility and
curiosity. These ideas are translated through a constructive process that I use to create each individual sculpture. These results can be categorised into themes such as clouds, organic architecture and personal experience.
The making process consists of a combination of singular components that are cut up and joined together to create a whole form. Components are thrown on the potter’s wheel using traditional throwing skills and combined with slab-built individual parts. I commonly apply coloured slips and glaze to the forms to create depth and contrast. Most of my sculptures are made from stoneware and fired between 1230-1280c.
My sculpture is intended to invite new ways of seeing and experiencing. It allows viewers the opportunity to evoke their own curiosity through questioning the meaning behind the work.
For further information about my ideas please see my blog at…www.martinharman.blogspot.co.uk or the Research page on my website, or see the video bellow.