Jack Durling is a Brighton based sculptural ceramicist who creates artwork that is emotively driven by his passion for conservation and love of wildlife. Creating both individual and grouped pieces. In celebration of the animals depicted Jack uses decorative embellishments, such as lustres and porcelain details upon ceramic forms to create a visual language that subtly highlights environmental and conservation messages.
His work is hand coiled, and hollow formed using stoneware clay bodies and porcelain. Informing his work through loose sketches and paintings that is realised in clay.
Having spent a lot of time in Dungeness as a child, known for its very wild scenery and textures, Jack developed his interest in wildlife. Textural contrasts have evolved as a recognisable feature in Jack’s work.
Notably, his practise has extended to large-scale installation pieces with Blind Veterans UK and educational institutions such as Valley Park School in Kent, where Jack first learnt to hand build in ceramics, and is now an ambassador.
Jack is a Craft Council Hothouse 2020 talent and donates 10% of proceeds from each sale of his artwork to animal charities in relation to each piece.
2021 Upcoming Shows, Celebrating Ceramics at Water perry Gardens Oxford, Cheltenham Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey Craft Festival Devon, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester.
Objet Trouve · High Street · Alfriston, East Sussex
Lingwood and Samuel · Church Street · Goldaming, Surrey
New Ashgate Gallery · Wagon Yard, Lower Church Lane · Farnham
The Biscuit Factory · Stoddart Street · Newcastle
For Arts Sake · Bond Street · Ealing, London
Naked Eye Gallery · 70 Western Road · Hove
Cecilia Colman Gallery · St Johns Wood High Street · London