Craig Underhill’s slab-built vessels are essentially three-dimensional canvasses for his richly abstract painting and marking. These objects explore clay as a strong ground for his resourceful interpretations of landscape, objects that evoke the colour, space and texture of our changing environment. Born in Scotland, Underhill studied ceramics in Derbyshire, at Harrow College, and then at Portsmouth Polytechnic. He now works and teaches in Stourbridge in the West Midlands. Craig’s pots mark out a world affected by time, by geological movement and by our own human imprint, and his work shows a sensitive appreciation of a broader field of abstraction, from Antoni Tàpies to William Scott and Patrick Heron, effectively brought into the realm of intimate clay objects, and through his own imaginative filter.
by David Whiting