Verve – Charmaine Ball


YEAR: 2021

MATERIALS: fine white stoneware clay, bisque fired

SIZE: 43 x 38 x 38 cm

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Ball’s sculptural practice responds to
elements encountered within the
constructed environment. Working with white
stoneware clay, her sculptures explore the
spatial configuration, weight and tactility of
matter. Hand-built sculptures are bisque fired
and left chalkily unglazed. Through the
manipulation of material, works arrive at an
interplay of weight and weightlessness; light
and shadow; positive and negative space.
Her current work is influenced by the hydria
of Ancient Greece – investigating the shape and construction of these traditional water-
carrying vessels. In these pieces, Ball explores the traditions of three-dimensional
expression, interrogating the space between
functional and sculptural form.