Shape Shifting, Harriet Hellman

Shape Shifting

By Harriet Hellman
Stoneware/porcelain
50 x 52 x 22 cm


Unique work.
Price on request

About Harriet Hellman

Having completed a BA in Fine Art /Sculpture and discovered clay at evening classes while bringing up her young family. She went on to complete an HND in Ceramics at Richmond Adult Education College. Later completing a two-year Ceramics Diploma at the City Lit, followed by an MA at the Royal College of Art from 2018-2020.

Harriet continues to work as a self-employed artist from her studio in South London. She has exhibited widely with exhibitions including the ‘Power of Material’ at the Design Museum, ‘From Nature’ and ‘Small Impact’ Exhibitions at Informality Gallery and (Eco)Logical Sense Exhibition at the Hockney Gallery in Kensington.

Harriet took part in a residency at Guldagergaard Ceramic research center in Denmark in 2020. More recently returning from a sailing residency with SailBritian, that looked at the impact of climate on our oceans.

Detail of Shape Shifting by Harriet Hellman.
Stoneware/porcelain
50 x 52 x 22 cm
Shape Shifting by Harriet Hellman.
Stoneware/porcelain
50 x 52 x 22 cm
Detail of Shape Shifting by Harriet Hellman.
Stoneware/porcelain
50 x 52 x 22 cm

About Shape Shifting

Shape Shifting was made while taking part in a residency at Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark in the Autumn of 2020. Pointing to her concerns with ecological fragility and rising sea levels, she takes her unfired clay to the sea where she embeds it into the coastline, recording the process and her performative interaction with the landscape.

Capturing place, space, time, and the energy of the moment, a new narrative layer is added, with the physicality of the coastline embedding itself into the clay. Harriets process of layering, tearing and building with the clay creates an emotional response that is both immediate and meditative. This final fired form evokes geological formations and brings a sense of flow while evoking the coastal landscape while celebrating imperfection and impermanence.