Franny Owen ceramics

Franny Owen

RADIANCE

16 November – 12 January 2020

We are delighted to introduce Franny Owen who has focussed on ceramics quite recently with exceptionally fine results. Her clear idea of what she wants to achieve is matched by fluent and exciting ability.


Franny Owen 25. Bone white stoneware platter 33.5cm dia £120

Franny studied Visual Communications at the London College of Printing and then worked as painter and filmmaker Derek Jarman’s PA during the early development of his film Caravaggio.  During her career in TV she progressed from Researcher to Associate Producer in arts documentaries until the arrival, in quick succession, of her three daughters. While they were small Franny took a pottery course at City Lit.

In 1998 Franny and her family moved from London to South Somerset and then to Lyme Regis, where Franny established The Broad Street Restaurant.  In 2010 the family moved to Bridport and Franny took an MA at The Tavistock Centre in London, following which she worked as an Independent Advocate.

In 2016, inspired by a trip to Japan, Franny resolved to get back to ceramics and took classes with Tim Hurn at Bettiscombe, Hector Mavridis in Thessaloniki and a masterclass with Akiko Hirai at Lisa Hammond’s Maze Hill studio. Since 2017 Franny has focussed on developing her ceramic practice in Bridport.

“Currently I make vessels because they are a foundational form, integral to our human narrative and I am interested in ideas of containment.  As an Independent Advocate I spoke up emphatically for the people I supported and now my vessels speak quietly for themselves.  I intend the tactile qualities of my work in everyday use, or the presence of a decorative piece to have emotional resonance.  I am aiming to create moments of beauty that evoke visceral feelings of pleasure.”

If you would like a notification when Franny’s work is available to view online, or an invitation to the opening on 16 November, please let us know on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk.