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Artist: Sculpture & Ceramics

Elaine Peto

Elaine Peto uses grogged stoneware clay slabs to create wonderfully characterful animal studies. Her subjects range from dogs and farmyard animals to more exotic wild animals like Seals and Whales. Elaine’s work may appear whimsical, but hides meticulous research into the anatomy of her subjects and breathtaking technical skill. Not surprisingly, her work appears in national collections and in galleries internationally. 

More about Elaine Peto

Elaine Peto graduated from Exeter College of Art & Design in 1985, where she studied animals via livestock markets and the abattoir, using the media of photography and drawing to record the structure of the carcass.

In 1986, she set up a studio and continued the study of agricultural animals. Each animal is individually made by the process of slab building in clay, i.e. rolling out a sheet of clay and forming the body, then gradually adding slab by slab to form the whole animal. The details are then remodelled until the animal is complete. It is then biscuit fired, glazed and refired to stoneware.

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