Artist: Karen Atherley
Profile: 'My pots are vividly coloured and decorated with flowing mainly female figurative nudes and faces wrapped around a diverse range of vases, bowls, mugs and plates. The unique figurative style portrays curvy fleshy figures influenced by Greek antiquity and the colours of the impressionists. I use brightly coloured slips painted onto white earthenware and glazed with a transparent glaze to give a lustrous finish, with the addition of decals to give the work an old fashion feel. Originally a hand builder and a slip caster I am now working with thrown shapes. My aim is to produce a decorative object that has a practical use as well as eye catching and good to look at' karen Atherley.