Discover Jenny Beavan's ceramic sculptures at the gateway to Wild Cornwall.
Jenny Beavan Cores, 2016
At the gateway to Wild Cornwall, clay totems punctuate the landscape. From afar they resemble the bright trunks of silver birches. Created by local ceramic artist Jenny Beavan, they are made from a mix of clays, turning from dark to light at their tips, and are impressed with seeds, unfurling ferns and flowers collected from Eden.
Cores speak of millions of years tracing Earth’s massive geological upheaval, leading us through to the transition of life from the simplest form to today’s rich complexity.
Made up of seven different clays (one of which is local clay from Dobwalls), Cores seem to have been lifted from the ‘earth’ of Eden. Towards the bottom there are pebbles and towards the top flowers and seeds (from Eden) have been pressed into the porcelain and accentuated with a blue glaze, giving a nod to the importance of water within the china clay industry and indeed for plants.
Cores tell the true story of time, material and the place beneath our feet
About the artist
Jenny Beavan’s clay works are an expression of physical locality, transformation and an exploration of materiality and place.
Through harvesting clays, minerals, aggregates and vegetation from local china clay pits and places that resonate with her, she questions how these site-specific materials can respond to her actions.
Made up of seven different clays (including one local), Cores seem to have been lifted from the ‘earth’ of Eden. Towards the bottom there are pebbles and towards the top flowers and seeds have been pressed into the porcelain and accentuated with a blue glaze, giving a nod to the importance of water for the china clay industry as well as plants.