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Eilean Eland


I am a ceramic sculptor with an interest in the dynamic rhythmic shapes found in the female body and natural organic forms such as shells and bones. I use colour to enhance the forms but have recently been experimenting with with colour that is stronger and more expressive so the sculpture has the feel of a three dimensional painting. I work with paperclay, hand-building using coils and pinching methods, with a range of slips, glazes and oxides for the surface. There is a lot of blue!

I studied sculpture at Reading University, followed a career in teaching in schools and museums while continuing my art practice (a little).  In 1980 I moved to Leicester University Department of Museum Studies, becoming Head of Department and Professor (Hooper-Greenhill). I wrote a lot of books. I'm now enjoying having time to concentrate on my sculpture and the art community in North Devon.