Deer With Antlers
By Angela Sidwell
Stoneware, paper clay and wire
Size: H: 40cm; W: 47cm; D 23cm
This is one of Angela's larger sculptures and one of her most beautiful, in which she adds twisted wire to clay to form the wonderful antlers of the alert, seated deer.
Having won acclaim in many parts of the UK, Angela produces the most beautiful and sensitively-sculpted wildlife and animal sculptures. You can see her love for animals shining through in the way she captures their form and expressions.
In stoneware and porcelain paperclay, her fragmented forms aim to invite the viewer to appreciate the fragility and beauty of the creatures with whom we share this planet. She prompts us to consider our relationship with the natural world.
“I take inspiration from my immediate landscape and its inhabitants. Stepping out from my front door and then across nearby fields, it's the criss-cross of horse tracks, the secretive hedges, chance encounters and signs of life existing beside, under and over our own - a sense of a shared time and space.
“Working with stoneware and porcelain paper-clay, I respond to these encounters, friendships and imaginings through ceramic sculpture. Lava glazes, torn edges and wire additions suggest raw beauty, time and landscape.”
ABOUT ANGELA SIDWELL
Angela graduated in 1999 with a degree in Fine Art. Her art practice led her into the field of public art, working predominantly in wood and stone, creating sculpture and furniture for public spaces, with and for schools and parks.
She also became a member of an artist’s collective, exhibiting annually in the North West.
Animals have been pivotal to her work. Using wire, textiles and clay, her early sculptures explored animal relationships, both with each other and us.
In 2016 she embarked on an MA in Ceramics at Manchester School of Art. Today, she works solely in ceramics, exhibiting nationally in Northern and Midland galleries and contemporary craft and ceramic shows.