Ceramic art

Lichen-glazed porcelain sculptural form

Installation for Collect Open 2020

Linda Bloomfield specialises in ceramic glazes and thrown porcelain. Her installation for Collect Open 2020 was a series of organic forms based on stromatolites and granite boulders.

Lichen-glazed porcelain sculptural form (detail)

The work brings attention to the effect of climate change and pollution on lichens, which are indicators of clean air. They are sensitive to pollutants including sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide and ozone. Air pollution causes a gradual decrease in the diversity of lichens.

Lichen-glazed porcelain sculptural forms

She uses crawl glazes in ochre, viridian green and chalk white to represent the lichens.  At first the lichen effect glazes cover the forms abundantly, then gradually decrease until the forms are dark and barren.