Gabrielle graduated in ceramics from the Cardiff School of Art and Design, in 2005. After graduating Gabrielle exhibited in a number of graduate showcases including Setting Out at Contemporary Ceramics in London and the National Museum in Cardiff. She currently works from her studio in Cardiff, producing individual sculptural ceramic pieces, which explore her wonder of nature and joy of ceramic processes.
Each form is made by hand by either pinching or coiling the clay. The work is lightly burnished and then several layers of white terra sigilatta are applied, which leaves the clay with a bright white surface.
After the initial bisque firing the work is wrapped and bound with various leaves and vegetation and fired for a second time with plenty of combustibles surrounding them.
It is this combination of vegetation, wood and sawdust, together with a little salt that creates the right environment to cause flashes of colour on the previously pure white surfaces.
I hope to convey my intrigue in the process, and the sense that it is the environment within in the kiln that ultimately causes the final outcome. With each firing, I try and gain more control, masking areas or introducing oxides, hoping they will leave a trace I desire, but every time I open the kiln I am always met with a surprise.