Beccy Ridsdel is a UK-based artist specialized in ceramics. This series of works called Surgically-Altered ceramics consists in artistic tableware that unveils their inside.
Beccy Ridsdel creates fun yet strangely macabre interventions where ceramics have been surgically altered to reveal additional layers of detail. Where the metaphor of surgery might normally evoke blood and guts, Ridsdel instead reveals further floral patterns inside bone china plates and cups. The pieces are part of an ongoing examination regarding the perception of ceramics as craft or art.
Beccy Ridsdel studied Contemporary 3D Crafts at the University of York achieving a first class honours degree in 2008. Since then she has taught ceramics and kiln formed glass and has exhibited her own work both in the UK and internationally and been featured in several prestigious art journals. Beccy currently teaches part-time at York College and spends the rest of her time in her own workshop making ceramics for exhibition and private collections.
Ridsdel is trying to demonstrate to the world that behind every white façade is hidden a flowery reality, an eternal spring that is ready to impress us with its colors. Inspired by her mother, who is also a ceramist, the artist is constantly exploring new forms and possibilities.
Beccy Ridsdel says about her work: “My latest work was originally an installation set up as an interrupted laboratory experiment. Traditional ceramic domestic ware was laid out on a table. To the left were stacks of intact plates, mugs and jugs, in the centre a surgical experiment was taking place – the ceramics were being dissected, like an autopsy, to find out what lays beneath the surface. To the right was a huge pile of discarded dissections. It is evident by looking at the cut surfaces that the ceramics is craft through and through – but the scientist has kept on trying.”
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