Jack Durling is a Brighton-based sculptural ceramicist who creates artwork that is emotively driven by his passion for conservation and love of wildlife. Creating both individual and grouped pieces. In celebration of the animals depicted Jack uses decorative embellishments, such as lusters and porcelain details upon ceramic forms to create a visual language that subtly highlights environmental and conservation messages.
His work is hand coiled, and hollow formed using stoneware clay bodies and porcelain. Informing his work through loose sketches and paintings that is realised in clay.
Having spent a lot of time in Dungeness as a child, known for its very wild scenery and textures, Jack developed his interest in wildlife. Textural contrasts have evolved as a recognisable feature in Jack’s work. His work is commended for his attention to detail and capturing unique characters and stories within each piece
Notably, Jack was a shortlisted artist for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Award 2022, for his Penguin Colony. A collective piece consisting of 100 handmade penguins. He has also been commissioned by Blind Veterans UK to create sensory murals and a prestigious public art sculpture in Mote Park Maidstone, in conjunction with its Council.