Image: Glenys Barton featured on Flotsam and Jetsam

Glenys Barton featured on Flotsam and Jetsam

"Glenys Barton's studio is awash with it Natural light. Casting dramatic shadows that emphasise the relief qualities of her ceramic portraits."Her studio overlooks an Essex Estuary: at one end it is glazed from the ground to the eaves. When I visited this weekend she was working on a portrait bust of Joan Bakewell, but around the room there are angelic heads and dancers, and shelves and boxes lined with various projects. I was fascinated by the way that Glenys translates her drawings into clay. Originally trained as a LABAN dancer, she retrained in ceramics at the Royal College of Art, where her tutors included Eduardo Paolozzi, Hans Coper and David Queensbury. There she developed a radically minimal style that ran counter to the earthiness of Studio pottery. Working with clay she follows a family tradition: she grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, where two of her aunts worked in the potteries. Yet Glenys transcends her medium to create powerful and psychologically penetrating portraits that capture the spirit of her subjects."


Simon Martin



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