Anna Collette Hunt Ceramics
My work radiates a fascination with historic houses for their opulence, grandeur and for their natural history collections and specimens. I meet ‘characters’ at these places; they could take the form of a marble bust, a piece of furniture or taxidermy. Drawings of my findings are playfully translated onto the clay. Scale and setting is often distorted to enhance the whimsical ambience of the piece. Visual depth is achieved through the many layers of colours, markings, transfers and lustres fired upon the ceramic surface. The resulting objects exert a rich presence that delights, intrigues and can captivate for a lifetime.
Alongside studio collections I have created a large scale installation body of work called Stirring the Swarm, which was unveiled at Nottingham castle in 2012. After studying Nottingham’s Entomology collections I was inspired to write my own fairy tale in which the specimens mysteriously came back to life. As the story unfolded in my mind I started to fabricate the story with clay. In a year I created a beautiful and haunting swarm of 10,000 ceramic insects to infest Nottingham Castle. The audience were able to step into my fable, engaging with both the story and the sinister beauty of the installation. Two and a half years later the swarm continues to be both nationally and internationally exhibited, and still takes the most surprising and exciting pathways.
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