CAROL HAYWARD FELL
My ceramic work has varied considerably over the years; vessel-making as well as sculptures, wheel-thrown work and hand building in stoneware and porcelain. I have also worked in, and currently teach, drawing and oil painting. I have always done a lot of photography, I photograph all my own work and each work is signed underneath.
By the late 80’s I was concentrating on making tall coiled, intricately decorated porcelain vessels, some of which stand on tall painted tables, as well as several “Fish Wife” sculptures, (pictured below). These were exhibited throughout South Africa and several examples of these are in the Pretoria Art Museum, as well as several other Public Art Gallery Collections throughout South Africa.
In 2006, after doing a lot of drawing and oil painting, I started my first small sculptures of horses and became immediately entranced with this wonderful subject which has been represented throughout Art History. Since then, I have concentrated on exploring this vast subject and have aimed at achieving ways of interpreting the elegance and beauty and as well as increasing the size and complexity of my horses. Hand built, in high–fired Stoneware and Porcelain clay, my horses reflect my life-long interest in the Art of Ancient Civilizations; Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Egyptian, Chinese etc. These ancient cultures all represented the horse quite differently and their shapes and forms have inspired many of my horses, giving them their expressive qualities; long necks, elegant heads, arched tails and slender bodies. For the unique style of my white horses, I have developed my own technique of surface treatment. Over the dull buff stoneware clay used to construct my horses, I paint several layers of pure white porcelain clay, then I slip- trail fine intricately detailed surface texture, patterns as well as creating the decorative patterned saddle cloths. Using sharp tools, I also sometimes incise patterns through the layer of white porcelain clay to reveal the beige stoneware clay underneath. Much of my work over the years has included a humorous element and this is also reflected in my horses, especially those with other animals sitting on their backs – birds, cats, dogs, monkeys, rabbits etc, in whimsical situations. Some horses have female reclining nudes painted across their bodies.
B.A.F.A. Majoring in Art History and Ceramics. University of KZN (formerly Natal)
2017 Sanlam Portrait Top 100, Cape Town, South Africa
1977 -1978 Full time art teacher at Danville Girls' High in Durban
1978 - 1984 Full time Ceramics Lecturer at DUT Durban ( Natal Technikon)
1984 - present, self employed as an artist, working in ceramics and teaching adult art classes in painting and drawing, from home studio in Durban North