42: Bryan Sentance
About Bryan’s ceramic pieces 2021
Following the local tradition of slipware pottery decorated with the sgraffito technique
This is a ‘peasant’ style of pottery hand-made locally and used by ordinary people that was very popular from the seventeenth century until the early twentieth with centres in Barnstaple and Bideford. Only a few practitioners remain.
The 7 pieces in the Tea room garden are available for immediate sale:
i) Arbor Resurgens – £850
ii) Quercus – £300
iii) King – £300
iv) Laurel Crowned King – £300
v) Wind – £300
vi) Viking – £250
vii) Moon – £250
All my life I have felt a need to work with my hands.
I make pottery in the North Devon slipware style, model in clay and carve wood as well as painting in acrylics. I have also worked for many years teaching Art and Craft in schools and giving lectures on embroidery and basketry. Previous commissioned work includes a heraldic shield carved from oak for a Cambridge boathouse and many small mythological figures in terracotta.
The author of several books on craft, most recently ‘Craft Traditions of the World’ published by Thames and Hudson, I have built on my love of folk traditions and folk art and this has been reflected in my artwork.
Sculptures recently shown at Rosemoor were partly influenced by Ancient Greek herms, carved wooden posts from East Africa and the house posts of ancient Scandinavia and Russia.