Vivienne Foley, 1944 United Kingdom

Vivienne Foley is based in Gloucestershire where she produces exquisite, hand thrown, turned and glazed one off pieces of ceramic sculpture. Although in essence they are often functional pieces in form, it is their appearance that makes each item so much more. From dramatic structures to gentle sweeping curves, Foley's inherent understanding of porcelain is more than evident and testament to her patience with this most difficult of materials. Foley’s sensitivity to her porcelain, her expert glazing, combined with a vast acknowledgement and of this material’s history results in very fresh and modern works. Flower forms, poppy heads, bracts and petals translate into foliate rims and sinuous necks, carved and pleated or swept i...

Vivienne Foley is based in Gloucestershire where she produces exquisite, hand thrown, turned and glazed one off pieces of ceramic sculpture. Although in essence they are often functional pieces in form, it is their appearance that makes each item so much more. From dramatic structures to gentle sweeping curves, Foley's inherent understanding of porcelain is more than evident and testament to her patience with this most difficult of materials.

Foley’s sensitivity to her porcelain, her expert glazing, combined with a vast acknowledgement and of this material’s history results in very fresh and modern works. Flower forms, poppy heads, bracts and petals translate into foliate rims and sinuous necks, carved and pleated or swept into a spiral. A contemporary marriage of craft, history and nature.

She has a global following and is represented in private and public collections world wide.

In her own words;

“As a professional potter I have been producing thrown porcelains for over fifty years and so logic would dictate that I have ‘seen it all, done it all’ by now, but on the contrary I still continue to be challenged and interested. The technical frustrations and the uncertainty of results all seem worthwhile when one opens a successful kiln firing. The heart leaps!

I have never been afraid to push my materials to the limit, to accept failures and to follow trails, but I am always excited when basic techniques and familiar methods result in something new. My primary interest is in form and in finding solutions for what I call ‘damp engineering’. The comparatively non-plastic nature of porcelain dictates my having to join sections together, but a form must ‘flow’ and construction methods should not be obvious.

Over the years I have fired every sort of kiln and dallied with glazes, spending untold hours testing and rejecting, but since I now work in a small space I find simple black and white glazes and slips are less distracting and best enhance my forms.

I am not influenced by any particular thing – rather, I am interested in everything; always looking for quality and workmanship. I love all aspects of the design world from architecture to textiles. Museums, galleries and exhibitions are my addiction, with photography and the natural world a constant inspiration”

Vivienne Foley
+44 (0) 207 727 8001   info@vesselgallery.com
114 Kensington Park Rd | London | W11 2PW