Syl creates her beautiful ceramic panels and vessel in her studio in North Pennines.
‘The constant factor in my work is the inspiration of pattern and texture in landscape. My College training in dual disciplines, ceramics and illustration lead to my fascination for the use of imagery in ceramics.
I spend periods sketching and photographing, before getting involved in a sequence of making derived from these observations. Living and working in the North Pennines has heightened my awareness of the changing moods and textures of the fells, woods and moorland.
The making process to create ceramic landscapes, is one of assembling areas of clay, which have previously been coloured, textured and patterned in a variety of ways. I use many techniques such as impressing, marbling, and printing with coloured slips and ceramic stains to create atmospheric landscape effects.’