Antonia Salmon's dignified, sculptural ceramics combine translucent smoke-fired finishes with bold, abstract shapes inspired by natural forms, archaeological artefacts and 20th century sculpture (particularly Barbara Hepworth).
Her work generates a tension and energy between the meticulous control of her sculpted designs and the unpredictable nature of smoke firing. Built by hand and hand-burnished, the finished surfaces of her sculptures are often highlighted with subtle textures resulting in a quiet simplicity and sense of order.
An interest in archaeology first led Antonia to study Geography & Geology at Sheffield University. She subsequently studied Ceramics at Harrow School of Art and then spent a year travelling and painting in the Middle East and India before setting up her first workshop in London, in 1985. In 1989 she moved her studio to Sheffield where she continues to live and work.
Antonia Salmon has been elected a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association and is on the Crafts Council Selected Index. She exhibits her work in Britain and internationally, including major ceramics fairs such as Innovations, Cambridge (2018). Her work is represented in private and public collections throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and China.
From Nov 2016 to Feb 2017 Antonia Salmon's work features in an important exhibition curated by the Jewish Museum London, entitled 'Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund de Waal'. The exhibition reveals how the work of renowned C20th Jewish emigre ceramicists such as Hans Coper and Ruth Duckworth, revolutionised British studio pottery with their sleek, modernist ideas, and influenced future generations. The exhibition features the work of 13 ceramicists spanning 80 years in ceramic art.