Antonia Salmon - burnished smoked forms
By David Whiting
Antonia Salmon’s burnished and smoke fired vessels and sculptural pieces belong to a modern tradition of British sculpture that refines and distils the forms found in the natural world. Educated at Sheffield University, she then went on to study ceramics at Harrow School of Art, and after a period in London, set up a studio in Sheffield in 1989, close to the moorland landscape from which she has drawn so much. Her work is constantly evolving; from discs and standing forms, she has moved onto more articulated balanced pieces and more recently, twisting spiralled shapes, some suggestive of water movement or marine life. Whether essentially still or full of a latent energy, Antonia Salmon’s work offers a sensitive and quiet meditation on the natural and human-made structures which mark out our wilder environments.