Gabrielle Naptali is a Ceramic Sculptor and Mosaic Artist located on Scarborough UK's beautiful East Coast of North Yorkshire. The 'abundant garden', wildness in landscape & coastline, the proximity to the North Sea and the ‘space’ these provide often influence her Modernist in style ceramic work. She loves the elegant simplicity and natural pattern of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. Refering to her eternally optimistic nature;
'The ancient Taoists evolved the earliest philosophy of living harmoniously with people and nature, essentially the Yin & Yang, balanced path. Its an attitude to life.. I've used the two to clear my head of negative/damaging thoughts and it heals the body (using Taichi) - it's a voyage of being present, fulfilled and in peace with oneself.'
Gabrielle varies the scale of the mainly porcelain work, often crackled in surface by using layered clays. Her pieces have so far worked equally well in homes, gardens and therapeutic settings, as well as architectural and corporate spaces. They have Zen like qualities and 'presence' that evoke calm and tranquillity, peace and contemplation. The clay is at the heart of the work; any glaze is carefully considered. Gabrielle aims to draw the viewer face to face with the essence of Nature and therefore ourselves.
Three greats grand daughter of skilled draughtsman and Victorian society portrait painter George Richmond, Gabrielle's work draws the past into an absolute present with unique results.
To arrange an appointment to visit Gabrielle’s Sculpture Garden see the contact page.
‘Who in this world can speak for nature and the spiritual energy that creates and flows through all life? … If we return to spiritual harmony and live from our hearts we can experience a paradise in this world.’ ~ Hopi prophesy ~
It is important for the works to connect with the personal, interacting with its place and as a focal point. At their best they inspire connection to the truth of Nature and the self.
"I care about the environment so try to limit the use of firings. I almost always use porcelain or white clay for its ability to express organic beauty; clay for me purely represents the natural world and personal evolution".
I use simple forms to frame clay's natural qualities; light enhances the surface flaws and physicality of the often crackled surface that comes from a personal layering process.
I aim to engage the viewer with the delicacy, strength and responsiveness of clay, evidence of its intimate memory.
Looking at the past serves to inform the future.
"...at the still point, there the dance is..." Burnt Norton, TS Eliot
Points of reflection come when things change, providing frames of reference.
'Landmarks', boundaries and borders, intersections and connection points are vital, where times change and sections separate, in order to evaluate beginnings and endings.
NoitulovE installation Portrait of Three Generations is a 3 minute film of a ceramic and pixel-animation installation. More information can be found in the Gallery and Sculpture Section.
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