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John Birks

Printmaker / Ceramicist

My work experiments with colour, texture and form. I enjoy the physicality of the processes, whether I am building plates for printmaking or sculpting clay. My collagraphs often take inspiration from the landscape, both real and imagined, but both the prints and my ceramics have become increasingly abstract.

My ceramic work is often about ways of containing space. I cut perforations into the clay to change the nature of that space. I like the contradiction between the extreme solidity of the ceramic and the transparency the holes lend to it.