Paula Armstrong
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Extrinsic Intrinsic

Some pictures of my new work inspired by the concept of 'Extrinsic Intrinsic'.

Supported by Arts Council England I have been spending time developing new work around the idea of the outside being inside, reversing what we expect and exploring ideas of functionaility.  These are just the beginning but they give a flavour of what I am trying to do particularly with combining ceramics with textiles and bead work.

Potential Inside

Initially inspired by the spiritual art of Enso with an apparently simple circle representing the universe, everything that’s in it and the void from which everything came, my work concentrates on the potential inside the void to birth and grow and the idea that everything grows and flows from the inside out.  Images of seed pods, pollen and fertility inspire the spherical forms with the decoration on the inside representing the potential within just beginning to show itself and burst or break outward. Plant and organic forms inspire the waves pieces as the potential is growing outward in waves from a colourful, glossy centre.

My work touches upon the power and potential within seed pods as well as birthing new life. It is fundamentally inspired by my experience as a woman and a mother.  The finishes are earthy and imperfect with marks of the maker’s process as evidence of origin and building character.  It has curvaceous and flowing forms built in a medium with an inner strength, known for its practicality but also encompassing a fragility that requires respect.

My Events

Saturday workshop - Game
29 Feb 2020 - 10:00 to 15:00
A series of monthly one day ceramics workshops to try your hand at a new skill or refine an existing one. Each workshop has it’s own theme and is a great introduction to clay or chance to concentrate on improving a particular technique.
Saturday workshop - Game
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Christmas Open Studio
Repeats every day 2 times.
12 Dec 2019 - 10:00 to 15:00
Paula Armstrong Ceramics opens the doors for a fantastic Christmas shopping event!
Christmas Open Studio
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Saturday workshop - Build a large coil vessel
16 May 2015 - 10:00 to 15:00
Build and adorn your own large coil vessel. It's a day to learn and/or refine your coiling skills as well as explore ways of adorning, carving, decorating the pot you make.
Saturday workshop - Build a large coil vessel
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Spring theme clay workshops
18 Apr 2015 - 10:00 to 15:00
A day of two halves! A morning workshop (10am - 12pm) making flower tiles and an afternoon workshop (1 - 3pm) to create a clay basket.
Spring theme clay workshops
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July Open Studios

News

New Unnatural Edge Online Gallery looking for other artists to join
Paula Armstrong is setting up a new online gallery and is looking for other artists who create art works inspired by the natural world but with an unnatural edge who would like to have some of their works included on the gallery site.
New Unnatural Edge Online Gallery looking for other artists to join
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Autumn Raku firing workshops at Paula Armstrong Ceramics
Kickstarter project to help Paula to keep offering ceramics workshops during lockdown.
Autumn Raku firing workshops at Paula Armstrong Ceramics
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Studio exhibition space to share for Open Studios
Studio in Fenstanton has space to share for Open Studios in July.
Studio exhibition space to share for Open Studios
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Studio exhibition space to share in Willingham
Space in my ceramics studio for artists who would need mainly wall space
Studio exhibition space to share in Willingham
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The new 10 week ceramics courses begin next week!
Ever wanted to try making things in clay? Or maybe you've done it before and would like to improve your skills? Well, Paula Armstrong Ceramics runs regular hand building classes (as well as one-off Saturday workshops).
The new 10 week ceramics courses begin next week!
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ceramics, sculpture, textiles
Inspired by the potential within seed pods, the curvaceous forms are earthy and imperfect while the interior space is intricately adorned.
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My work touches upon the power and potential within seed pods as well as birthing new life. It is fundamentally inspired by my experience as a woman and a mother.  The exterior finishes are earthy and imperfect with marks of the maker’s process as evidence of origin and inside is intricate and colourful decoration.  It has curvaceous and flowing forms are hand built in stoneware clay, a medium with an inner strength, known for its practicality but also encompassing a fragility that requires respect.

I have been creating contemporary ceramic sculpture for over 20 years calling on inspiration from a wide variety of sources but my professional background has combined working as a professional artist, exhibiting, curating, working to commission and teaching across the UK, with working in local authority, voluntary and community sectors.   I have taught regular classes in ceramic art and painting and drawing, as well as drop-in craft workshops, lantern-making, and community art workshops.  Other key skills include strategy development, project management, community arts development, and fundraising.