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Ann Povey

inherent beauty in the patina

Ann Povey’s work is inspired by childhood memories and consists of two distinct elements: the hand-made in the form of base metals and sterling silver;  and porcelain and found objects. Ann’s found objects are old, used and discarded – they are often of little or no monetary value but have value in their history. She says ,”They have a story to tell and an inherent beauty found in their patina created through use over time.”

Using the found objects as handles and metals which are shaped and formed, Ann create spoons, knives and forks, tools and other utensils. Colour is applied through the use of enamels, patination and oxidisation, and texture is created through hammering and the rolling mill. Ann’s memories of mealtimes as a child have profoundly influenced the way she works: the type of crockery and domestic ware her family used, milk being poured from a milk jug, sugar in a bowl and tea poured from a teapot into a cup and saucer. Using porcelain and a hand-building technique she recreate these items, but with a sense of playfulness and a little fantasy thrown in.

Ann Povey is one of Design-Nation’s Fellows.

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