Artist in Residence – Poole Museum

Trade, Tides and Traditions (Visit February 19th to April 24th)

Drawing on the museum’s collection, local landscape and maritime history Imogen has created a series of vessels that weave a connection through these elements; a folktale to inspire ideas and summon memories. These mixed media assemblages include locally sourced clay, rocks, plants, and flotsam from the harbour foreshore.

In 2000, Imogen gained a commission through BEAF (Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival) for a project inspired by local potter Guy Sydenham. In 2021 she received a bursary from A.N (The Artists Information Co.) to continue investigating the use of found and foraged materials, as an environmentally sustainable craft practice. These projects lay the foundations for this new body of work.

The aim of the residency; to explore connections between ceramics and geology. Poole has a rich history of both. The materials used are predominantly from the local environment, except some of the fishing rope ‘ghost gear’ which was collected from beaches across the UK. The raw materials used – clays, rocks, wood –  have all been gathered and processed by hand, in keeping with more traditional methods.

With special thanks to: Venecia & Matt Sydenham, Russel Sydenham, Des Alner, Alan White, Poole Museum, Grace Jones & Kittie Kipper


Gathering Bowl 

Wheel thrown buff stoneware clay. Native wild clay slip decoration. Wood ash glaze. Woven ghost fishing net, bound and stitched with raffia. 

Created while enduring lockdown, a moment to reflect on the traditions and importance of social gatherings.

Flotsam 

Wheel thrown Poole clay. Imprinted shell pattern. Wood ash and shell glaze. Woven fishing nets, bound and stitched with raffia

Flotsam washed ashore, that ocean currents bring from afar. This form represents the motion of a body of water.

Olive Jar 

Wheel thrown blended stoneware clays. Native wild clay slip decoration. Wood Ash glaze. Woven fishing net, bound and stitched with raffia. 

Inspired by the traditional form of the jars used to transport olives, it references early trade routes linked to Poole.

Lobster Pot 

Wheel thrown in buff stoneware clay. Native wild clay slip decoration.Wood ash, shale and shell glazes. Woven ghost fishing net, bound and stitched using recycled threads.

Inspired by the shape of the lobster pots which can be seen on Poole quay. Traditional lobster pots were woven from willow.

Gyre Bowl 

Wheel thrown native stoneware clays. Native wild clay slip decoration. Wood ash glaze. Woven ghost fishing net, bound and stitched with raffia. 

Oceanic gyres are created by whirling currents. The great Pacific garbage patch is a gyre made of ‘plastic soup’ from around the world.