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Antonia Salmon

(British b.1947 )

For over 30 years, Antonia Salmon's captivating ceramics have been exhibited in galleries and collections across Britain, Europe, USA, and Japan. Salmon’s work is heavily abstract as she embodies chaos and order simultaneously through holding and letting go of stillness and dynamism.  Inspired by nature's myriad experiences, from the strong winds to the touch of moss-covered rocks, her works serve as poignant reminders of life's ephemeral beauty.

Raised in a household steeped in modern sculpture and architecture, Salmon’s childhood was a canvas painted with awareness of form and space. After studying Geography/Geology at Sheffield University, she honed her craft at Harrow School of Art, specialising in studio pottery. A transformative year spent studying in the Middle East and India profoundly influenced her artistic approach, leading her to establish her first workshop in London in 1985.

By 1989, drawn by the open countryside, Salmon found herself in Sheffield, where she has since resided and worked. Her studio, nestled amidst the serene landscapes, serves as a crucible for her artistic vision, where each sculpture is meticulously crafted to evoke a sense of contemplation and unity.

Salmon’s sculptures, characterised by their pure lines and forms, undergo a painstaking process of hand burnishing and smoke firing, imbuing them with a timeless depth and subtlety. The interplay between clarity of line and the organic surface markings generated from the firing process creates a visual dialogue that captivates the viewer's imagination.

Beyond her creative pursuits, Salmon has shared her knowledge and passion for ceramics as a teacher at Derby University and through workshops and lectures across Britain and Europe. Her dedication to the craft has earned her recognition as a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and inclusion in the Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers.

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