Faye Mayo – Ceramicist
I work with clay as I enjoy its malleability, the imprints and marks that it accepts in the making process and the way in which glazes evolve and flow during firing.
Goldsmiths’ College to a Studio:
I studied Ceramics and Textiles BA (Hons.) at Goldsmiths’ College, London. Patterns and textures play a significant role in my work which is why I was drawn to this combined course. I set up my studio in the early nineties and worked making vessels and sculptures.
A Decade in the Balkans:
In 1996, I moved to the Balkans with my husband to work with humanitarian aid. The texture of the old houses in Serbia inspired me. The worn, weathered and layered surfaces are full of character. I love peeling paint revealing previously concealed ageing layers beneath the facade.
We were in the Balkans following the civil war to work with refugees and establish a Bible College where students studied and put faith into action by serving their local communities.
Amidst the horror of some of what I saw, I was moved by an increased awareness of the fragility of life and the fleeting nature of material possessions. Whilst textures, patterns and experiences all play their part as influences on my work, the work is essentially focused on fragile lives and our relationship to our creator.
A Surrey Studio:
Now again based in the UK and with my two children settled at school, I am able to continue to develop my work. I sense a new freshness in my approach to ceramics following the tapestry of experiences of these last years.
2006-2011 – Studio in Chaldon, Surrey
1996-2006 – Humanitarian aid work in the Balkans – exhibitions, TV and other media appearances, teaching art classes for adults.
1993-1996 – Studio Artist specialising in ceramic sculpture – selling in the UK and the USA.
1990-1993 – Bachelor of Arts, Goldsmiths’ College, London University – Ceramics and Textiles
1989-1990 – Foundation Course, Eastbourne College of Art