Dr Angela Tait & Dr Ian Clegg are artists who have been working collaboratively on creative projects since 2010.
Their practice was founded upon a fascination with combining their individual disciplines of sculpture, photography, illustration and photography. This has led to a collaborative approach to other projects including teaching and writing. Currently they exhibit throughout the UK and beyond. They also present workshops based around their specialisms.
Angela is a sculptor and ceramicist who works in mediums from the traditional to the experimental. She lectures at the University of Salford and is currently practicing Fine Art from Ebor Studios in Littleborough. She is interested in the fundamental form of the vessel and the relationships between ceramics practice and the domestic.
Northern Willow, ceramics and illustration
Northern Willow is an overarching title for our interpretation of the traditional willow pattern. Using similar formal qualities, Chinese symbols are replaced with imagery from the North of England. Weeping willows become apple trees and a junk becomes a barge on the ship canal.
This design is shown on handmade ceramics which are fine porcelain casts of today’s disposable crockery. There are paper bowls, cardboard coffee cups and tinfoil takeaway containers all made precious by the use of top quality materials and hand drawn decoration.
This work sits somewhere between Fine Art, design and an ecological/cultural critique which is firmly rooted in the North West.
The COVID version reflects the feelings and events at the time. Places became deserted, football grounds, playgrounds empty. And the rules and more rules imposed almost randomly.