The digital world has led to a loss of the tactile nature of things, something natural being formed and controlled with our very own hands, with that distant feeling of our ancestors whispering from the past. The sense of achievement when you've succeeded in creating more than you thought was possible is such a wonderful thing to be a part of.
Angelique started her love for ceramics at an early age, going on to study at Falmouth and Plymouth Colleges of Art as a multidisciplinary artist in ceramics, illustration, glass blowing, and large-scale metals. She has now been a ceramicist and large-scale sculptor for over 20 years.
In this time, Angelique has exhibited in a wide range of exhibitions, galleries, and gardens such as RHS. She is currently working primarily on private commissions and teaching.
Over recent years, she has developed her collections around bringing out the hidden character of the animals and birds she sculpts, hoping to bring realisation to the viewer about the equality between us and other living creatures.
After discovering a love for teaching over fifteen years ago while working at a local secondary school, she has never looked back. Specialising in ceramics and sculpture, she teaches in various educational settings and coordinates large-scale art projects. In February 2016, Angelique fulfilled her dream by opening "Pottery Box," a studio near Bude, Cornwall, to make ceramics accessible to everyone. How Clay Inspires
“My aim is to inspire and teach others to inspire themselves.” I have always had this motto, and it has been my main drive over the years. It is why I love teaching so much!
People come into the studio apprehensive about what they can achieve, but discover that working with clay brings calmness. The sense of achievement when they have succeeded in creating more than they thought was possible is such a wonderful thing to be a part of. I am no psychologist, but I like to think it's almost a primal thing. In this modern digital world, we have veered so far away from the tactile nature of things; I feel we have lost something important along the way. The feeling of something natural being formed and controlled with our very own hands, with that distant feeling of our ancestors whispering from the past.
I believe this is also tied to the great sense of achievement someone gets when they have a sculpture or thrown piece in front of them that they have created—not something on a computer screen, but something physical. Upon receiving their fired creations – whether it's a finished sculpture they can proudly display and touch or a mug for enjoying their morning tea – I receive heartwarming feedback from my students. They share photos of their sculptures taking pride of place in their lounges or pictures of families enjoying tapas out of the creations by candlelight. This experience goes beyond a fleeting moment; as physical, not digital creations, they become a lasting presence in their lives, reigniting that sense of achievement and satisfaction for a long time to come.
From the sunny morning I sat on the fire escape at my student lodgings many years ago, sipping morning tea from my very first mug, I knew I had chosen the right path in life. Since then, I have never looked back :)