Antonia Salmon: Nature as Designer

26 May - 17 August 2022

Antonia Salmon has worked as a ceramic artist since 1984, developing a strong interest in making ceramic sculptures that have a purity of line and form. The processes of hand burnishing the surfaces and smoke firing the finished pieces imbue the work with subtle depth, so that the works appear timeless, contemplative and poised.


Antonia was brought up in a home dedicated to architecture and the visual arts. Her training in Geography at Sheffield University gave her a deep understanding of landform and environmental processes. Subsequent training in studio pottery at Harrow School of Art, combined her passion for landscape with her interest in art making. After travelling and painting in the Middle East and India Antonia set up her first workshop, in the Barbican Arts Group, London. From 1989 Antonia returned to Sheffield from where she has worked ever since; exhibiting and lecturing in Britain, and internationally.


Antonia’s aim is to create sculptures that express the movement, sound and stillness of the natural world. She spends a lot of time immersing herself in her nearby landscape of dales and moorlands, deriving inspiration from landforms and found objects, such a bones, stones, tools, wood and lichens, and the experience of listening to wind and water.


Her work is represented in private and public collections throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and China. She is on the Crafts Council Selected Register of Craftspeople, and Fellow of CPA.


Learn more about Antonia Salmon in our interview here