Staying at home in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis have you feeling like your inventive spark is snuffed out? Now's the time to ignite your inspiration: here's an excerpt from our bestselling title, Tom Morris' New Wave Clay, in which Ashley Hicks explains how artistic ingenuity can come from the unexpected.
Interior designer cum dilettante turned ceramicist Ashley Hicks is under no illusions about his clay expertise. ‘It’s all a terrible cheat, really – they look like ceramics but have none of the skill required,’ he says, describing the shining technicolour totems he produces out of polymer clay.
Hicks explorations into ceramics came about when he was designing the home of a French client in London. She was perturbed by having to climb so many stairs in her new townhouse compared to the ‘pretty passage’ in her old apartment in Paris. Hicks decided to liven up the journey with a large-scale resin tower of jewels or, as he calls it, ‘a string of giant candles’. Thrilled with the result, Hicks soon began making them out of polymer on a mantlepiece-friendly scale, inspired by coral, sculpted flames, smoke and gemstones.