Anna-Mercedes Wear is based at Yorkshire Artspaces’ purpose built Eco studios at Manor Oaks in Sheffield.
‘My work is figurative and I have enjoyed representing human and animal forms in clay for a good 25 years.
Over more recent years I have concentrated more on the making of animals, in particular foxes and cats. With each of my pieces I try to capture a fleeting moment in time, a memory of something past and familiar.
I hand build the animals using the same making methods I use with my figures. I decorate flat slabs of clay with a combination of coloured slips over marked out impressed surfaces combined with screen-printing and mono-printing techniques. These are then shaped and the pieces are assembled into a figure or a fox. Each piece is different. Decorating before construction gives the pieces a vibrancy and energy that I cannot achieve any other way.
I still really enjoy all the different processes in making ceramics, although such a labour intensive craft, it still gives its rewards time and time again.’