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KELLY JOHNSTON

ARTIST

Sculptural Ceramics & Painting

All ceramic work is unique, individually handcrafted and glazed in my workshop studio. Paintings are on oil on board.

 

Commissions welcome; have a look at the links below and in the gallery for inspiration...

INSPIRATION

RECENT WORK

 

 

Having been diagnosed with Breast Cancer in December 2016, life has taken a different turn, as my work became an escape from the trauma of treatment and an outlet for my emotions.

Here is a selection of new work, more, along with descriptions can be found in the gallery.

 

Oil paintings: During chemotherapy side effects brought on neuropathy and I was unable to work in clay. The backgrounds to these paintings are suggestive of cells and disrupted patterns. Each animal has a different meaning (please see Gallery). They are painted and layered in stages as oil is slow to dry. This technique was perfect as it enabled me to work slowly on them between treatments. The lyrics are from songs or poems that helped me through the darker days and inspired me to move forward.

 

Hug series: One of the hardest aspects of going through Cancer has been seeing my children worry and lose some of their innocence. These sculptures are my response to needing to shield them from hurt. A mothering instinct to offer comfort and protect them from the horrors of the world.

Vase series: I first created these small vases after recovering from chemotherapy, looking to produce small work that would be therapeutic and good for building the strength back up in my fingers. They are based on the female form. The combination of smooth and sharply angled areas are a reflection of how my body has changed since surgery and treatment. The lotus flower and mandalas engraved on each symbolise rebirth, starting over and self awareness.

Strength skulls: These latest skulls are more decorative and include either lotus flower or mandala engravings, symbolising strength and courage.

INTRODUCTION

ABOUT KELLY

 

 

My love of ceramics dates back over 20 years. During this time I have completed a BTEC in Three-Dimensional Design and have a First Class Honours Degree in Ceramics from Cardiff. Professionally I have taught Art and Ceramics at Secondary level for over 16 years in Wales, New Zealand and England.

 

Since returning to the UK in 2013 I have acquired the space for a studio, and am now back to creating my own work in addition to teaching Art part time at Ashford School in Ashford, Kent.

 

Painting is a relatively new passion, inspired in part by the beautiful work produced by students in my school and fulfiling a need to continue being creative when I have been unable to do ceramic work.

 

LATEST

COMMISSIONS

 

A Mother's Love:

This sculpture was commissioned in response to some of my other cancer related work as a gift to a mother who's child is having treatment for leukaemia. The mother is wrapping her body protectively around the children in the hope of taking away the pain and wishing she could have it in his place. A feeling all us mothers feel when out child is ill. I felt incredibly honoured to produce this for such a strong woman as one of the thoughts that kept me going throughout treatment was that it was me and not one of my children going through it. This work led directly into the Hug series shown in the Gallery.

 

Horoscope Paintings:

This group of horoscope oil paintings for each member of a family were a real pleasure to create.

 

 

 

Lotus Flower brooches:

During my treatment I was overwhelmed by the support of the Breast Nurses and affiliated chariies. I created these brooches to raise money for The Harmony Trust who provide holistic therapies for cancer patients.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

 

Folkestone, Kent. CT19 5PN

 

studio92@kellyjohnston-ceramic-art.co.uk

 

07940201143

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