ceramics - BA Hons (Harrow)
The work I make has references to ancient artefacts and myths whilst also making connections to the landscape. The hand-built forms are made using mostly slab-building techniques, my degree in ceramics is from Harrow. where I learnt to throw on the potters wheel and gained a thorough grounding in glaze technology. I have worked with different clays including paper clay, terracotta, black clay and porcelain. In my one off pieces I carefully combine layers of oxide, slip and glaze to build up a depth of colour reminiscent of weathered and aged surfaces. I enjoy translating observed surface qualities from nature and the coastal environment into ceramic pieces.
Boat and Vessel Forms

Ceramic vessel, sculpture by Amanda Rachel Toms

"Ceramics never ceases to fascinate me its such a complex mixture of art, craft, raw materials, heat and alchemy. I love the excitement of exploring, testing, developing and designing new work."

                                                 Ceramic Vessel- Wedding commission 2015

Tree Theme This is an idea that I have worked with and returned to several times starting with an outdoor metal sculpture in 1997 for 'Garden Gallery' on the Isle of Wight. The tree of Life is of course a universal and important symbol for many different cultures, often appearing in traditional crafts around the world. When teaching art at North London Collegiate School I created a large outdoor ceramic tree mural, in lessons the pupils researched different cultures and ceramic traditions then designed and made their own tiles this project was funded by the P.T.A to mark 150yrs of the school. More recently In my small studio I have been designing and making free standing ceramic pieces some combined with metal.

Tree of Life sculpture by Amanda Rachel Toms
            Tree with vessel 2015 ceramic, gold leaf and brazed metal. 

My hand-built ceramics are regularly shown at Yarmouth Gallery on the Isle of Wight please take a look at my News/ Events pages for what's current or follow the link below to the Yarmouth gallery website.    http://www.yarmouthgallery.com

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