Science and the mysterious beauty and energy of nature have always been the major influences in Annie Cap’s art.
Coming from Seattle, on the west coast of the United States, for decades Annie exhibited bold figurative and abstract paintings clearly influenced by the American Indians and dramatic scenery of that area. Recently, however, her art has taken a dramatic turn. In a wonderful string of coincidences, she was gifted a used pottery wheel and kiln, and searching for a beginners’ pottery class she came across a photograph of man proudly displaying a ceramic platter with dramatic sparkling crystals—he had grown himself!
Once Annie discovered growing crystals on ceramics was possible—she could think of little else. And it was a good thing it excited her so much, because she soon found out the alchemical process of creating crystals in the volcanic heat of a kiln is far from easy. Annie spent several years studying, and developing her glazes, looking rather like a mad scientist, to reach where she is today. But she’s just scratched the surface in her chosen form of expression. The art of crystalline ceramics both challenges the mind and the materials, with a life-time of limitless combinations of colours and forms.
Annie Cap, “Crystalline glazing produces such beautiful patterns and colours on the clay, with each crystal and each piece as unique as a snowflake. No two will ever be the same. Coupled with the high temperatures, complex processes required, and the ‘accepted’ high failure rate from to the stress of growing crystals means only a few ceramic artists around the world choose to specialise in it. I hope you enjoy the beauty I have created for you.”
Annie studied fine art, painting, sculpture, composition and design, and has exhibited both in the USA and UK for more than thirty years. This is her first gallery exhibition of her crystalline ceramics.