Bradley Spencer

Bradley Spencer

Bradley qualified as a teacher in 1983 and he currently works in secondary education. He was elected an Associate member of the RBSA in 2009. Bradley works in clay using hand-building techniques; he finds creating texture and the dynamics experienced in building are tremendously exciting in combination. Work starts with drawing; a significant part of the process is about knowing the sources of inspiration. The actual making, rolling out, joining slabs and decorating these new surfaces is a very reflexive stage in the creation of work. Making involves rolling out clay and then printing onto it – sometimes this is repeated or involves another printing process. Subsequently the stretching out of the clay and the images made on these surfaces is then cut and fabricated into the desired form with broken edges contributing to the development of the shapes as significantly as the initial plans. Intaglio, silk screen and relief printing processes are all used and equally as important as the clay. When printing onto and into surfaces the choices of surface and the materials used to print with make important contributions to surface effects with chance playing some role in the outcome. The implications of these new descriptions once applied to clay gently inform the decisions of construction. The actual forms are very much products of a series of physical processes from drawing, through to building and ultimately glaze firing. All pieces are handmade and therefore unique. His work can be viewed on his website where there is also information of gallery stockist and shows that his work is in. Work can be commissioned from him in person at the shows or via e-mail. Alternatively, you can make an appointment to come to his workshop. Website: http://www.bradspencerceramics.com