Contour, Edge, Ridge: Dennis Farrell

Dennis was born in Liverpool in 1949 and attended The Polytechnic Wolverhampton (now Wolverhampton University), to study Ceramics in 1968 graduating in 1971. Dennis won a Crafts Council award to become `Artist in Residence’ (1978/80), at Swarthmore Education College, Leeds, and has been involved in ceramics education for over forty years teaching at; St Helens College of Art, Lancs (Foundation in Art & Design), Harrogate College of Arts and Technology (Studio Ceramics Course), University of Wolverhampton BA Ceramics, (Course Leader 1995/2000), he was appointed Divisional Leader in 2001 and Associate Dean of School in 2005.

Dennis lives and works near Much Wenlock in Shropshire, he exhibits nationally and internationally and has work in many private and public collections including: Arthur Anderson Collection of Contemporary Art. Glasgow City Art Gallery. Hanley Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent. Huddersfield Art Gallery. Leeds City Art Gallery, Lotherton Hall.

Dennis is a Professional Member of the Craft Potters Association.

“The passage of time and change has always been central to the themes that I have explored in my work. The process of archaeology and its concerns with time and layers has also greatly influenced the way in which I express my ideas and has provided a context for the development of sculptural forms with a time worn quality.

My current work responds to light, line, colour and texture observed in rural and coastal landscapes; weathered and eroded structures with their sea-washed and weather-worn surfaces are of particular interest. Other themes express an impression of place through form, sgraffito techniques and over-painted surfaces.

Forms are produced by wheel-thrown and hand-built techniques using red earthenware blended with stoneware crank or black clays. Surfaces are developed by applying coloured engobes, over-painting with underglaze colour which are over-painted with matt or glost transparent glazes and fired to 1120 degrees centigrade. Post-firing some surfaces are re-worked using diamond pads.”