Patricia Wilkie Warwick 66 GD
Based in Warren, RI
Handcrafted ceramic tilework featuring fish, insects, lizards and other creatures in a lively combination of texture and color. Each piece is incised, embossed, or modeled - or any combination - to create the texture - the color is a result of glazes painted on, layer over layer to create the rich and saturated colors found in the natural world. My work is well crafted, sophisticated and fun.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
My work has a definite theme of marine life. I get excited by coming up with new ways explore all that that encompasses, be it a single fish or a whole underwater environment.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Absolutely! Though I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and soon thereafter started playing around with clay and glazes, my tiles are clearly the work of a Malcolm Grear student. It's not so much about the clay as it is about the color and design. RISD taught us all, I believe, not to be afraid of any media - play with it and see where it takes you.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
My ceramic work continues to grow in it's design element year by year - keeping my collectors ever interested in how I interpret life in and around the ocean environment.
To see more of Patricia's work, visit patwarwick.com