Vivienne Sillar

Location: Holymoorside, Chesterfield / Genre: Ceramics

Artist Statement

Vivienne was born in Glasgow in 1958 and spent every summer in the village of Kildonan, Isle of Arran. She now divides her time between living in Chesterfield, Derbyshire while regularly visiting Kildonan several times a year. These two places are a constant source of inspiration; moorlands and the coast.

Trained at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen (1976 -1981) she specialised in sculpture and ceramics. Soon after graduating she started a 30 year period of working in Arts Administration, Gallery Education and Lecturer in Art and Design, working in Sunderland, Cumbria, Sheffield and Chesterfield. Having worked at helping others to show, appreciate and create artwork 5 years ago she returned to focussing on her own creativity.

Influences in her work are the natural world; both: sea-life and birds and moorland.

Streamlined, fluid shapes of birds and sea creatures are a source of inspiration for me as a sculptor in clay. Clay forms are hand built and then burnished. I employ diverse materials such as seaweed, banana skins, and avocados in the smoke firings to create the random markings on the surface of each piece. Each work is unique and cannot be repeated. These are smooth tactile sculptures that beg to be held and touched.

Vivienne makes smooth, streamlined ceramic sculptures that beg to be touched and held. Wildlife found on moorland and coast, inspire her burnished and smoke fired work. Firing employs only natural ingredients including banana skins, seaweed, heather and avocados; she enjoys the serendipity of the unique patina given to each piece. Vivienne was born in Glasgow in 1958 and spent every summer in the village of Kildonan, Isle of Arran. She now divides her time between living in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and also regularly visiting Kildonan several times a year. These two places are a constant source of inspiration; moorlands and the coast.

Trained at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen (1976 -1981) she specialised in sculpture and ceramics. Soon after graduating she started a 30 year period of working in Arts Administration, Gallery Education and Lecturer in Art and Design, working in Sunderland, Cumbria, Sheffield and Chesterfield. Having worked at helping others to show, appreciate and create artwork 5 years ago she returned to focussing on her own creativity.

Influences in her work are the natural world; both: sea-life and birds and moorland.

Streamlined, fluid shapes of birds and sea creatures are a source of inspiration for me as a sculptor in clay. Clay forms are hand built and then burnished. I employ diverse materials such as seaweed, banana skins, and avocados in the smoke firings to create the random markings on the surface of each piece. Each work is unique and cannot be repeated. These are smooth tactile sculptures that beg to be held and touched.

makes smooth, streamlined ceramic sculptures that beg to be touched and held. Wildlife found on moorland and coast, inspire her burnished and smoke fired work. Firing employs only natural ingredients including banana skins, seaweed, heather and avocados; she enjoys the serendipity of the unique patina given to each piece.

Venue Information

Holymoorside Village Hall, Holymoor Road
Holymoorside, Chesterfield
S42 7DX

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