Anna Barlow

Who? Anna Barlow
What? Ceramics
Where? London

Fascinated by food and the rituals around it, Anna Barlow creates visually arresting ceramics of ice creams and cakes, that leave you yearning to scoop them up and taste them. Anna loves the connection that links food to the stories of people and places.

The attention to detail and craft in her work is evident as the final sculptures look so realistic. Sections are moulded in porcelain which is high-fired, whilst other clays are reduced onto parts of the porcelain. Glazes effectively create dripping sauces and clay is also piped to simulate the texture of whipped cream. Anna even uses an ice cream scoop on her clay as with real ice cream.

‘The beauty of food left to melt and ooze holds a fascination for me. It is something that can be captured and frozen in time with clay and glaze.’

On display in the State Dining Room at Harewood, Anna’s sculptures bring a contrasting element of fantasy and theatre to the Victorian interior.

Anna has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art Summer Show, the V&A and Collect amongst others.