Stewart Charles Rankin

Stewart Charles Rankin is a Devon ceramic artist who is passionate about his art form and enjoys experimenting with a variety of glazes.

Mostly he works on the potter’s wheel throwing stoneware and porcelain.  He is intrigued with the process of airbrushing layers of glazing with a small colour palette to create a unique surface decoration with geometric shapes reminiscent of an Art Deco style. However, his influences are wide and varied.  From Korean clay, moon jars, topography lines of Dartmoor,  to Jackson Pollock’s energetic action painting, pouring and dripping paint on canvas – Stewart is continually adapting and experimenting to produce a similar technique on his surface decoration.

Stewart’s intuitive response to colour and form allows for the use of different tools for mark-making in between layers, of which, there may be multiple layers. The final product is not realised until the kiln is finally opened.

It is a time consuming process, hours of experimentation, years of experience and a tremendous amount of skill. Three layers of clear glaze are then applied.

His Topography ceramics which are exclusive to Wildwood Arts, copy the topography of specific Dartmoor tors. Stewart has been given exclusive permission by ‘Ordnance Survey Maps’ to use their topographic maps for designs on his pottery.
All Topography ceramics will be stamped on the bottom with coordinates and acknowledgement from OS maps.
For example:
Kitty Tor. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2019.
OS SX 5671487132
Latitude 50 39 58 N
Longitude 4 1 43 W
If there is a particular tor you wish to be made to order, these can be made bespoke for you and ordered exclusively from Wildwood Gallery. Colour combinations and locations can be discussed. Each piece of pottery is unique, as they are all hand drawn and carved.

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