Ceramic artist Kate Fitzharris has become well-known for her doll-like figures, which appear as well-loved antiques from the moment of their creation.
These works, with ceramic hands, heads and feet but soft, grain-filled bodies, bring to mind the traditional toys we might expect our grandmothers to have cherished as children.
Fitzharris hand forms creates the ceramic elements of her works, as well as incorporating 'found' materials, recalling traditional doll-making techniques where scraps of leftover fabric could be transformed from sewing room detritus into a child's beloved toy.
'My work is very much inspired by my environment, of my experiences of living in this diverse world, exploring people's relationships with other animals.
My work stimulates feelings; of wildness, and domesticity, nostalgia. A sense of something almost articulated, nearly, and yet, not quite. I want my work to speak to the body of the person looking at or holding it, reminding them of the physicality of this world, to touch them.'