Ann McBride is a ceramic designer, artist and illustrator. Her work is recognizable by the bold colourful illustrations, both whimsical and a little subversive, but always unique. The originality of her work is a reflection of her career in graphic design.
She has transferred her skills in illustration and graphics on to the 3D clay form. It has given her a new canvas, with form and surface decoration at the core of her ceramic practice. She creates visually impactful wall installations and plinth based slip-cast ceramics. Pushing the boundaries of the ceramic practice she has explored the use of alternative mediums, creating prints and patterned textiles for use as lampshades which fit the decal printed ceramic lamp base.
She has developed her distinctive narrative on ceramic surfaces – drawing from both cultural and literary influences (W.B Yeats). Using contemporary elements like tattoos to create a narrative, the female form in historical works of art are lifted from the past and subverted to address issues such as feminism. With humour, she alters how women have been historically portrayed and gives them a more assertive demeanour. The artwork evokes emotions that have been drawn from her own life experience. The illustrations, both whimsical and nostalgic translate from 2D to 3D in clay and other materials. Slip cast porcelain forms, fine bone china and textiles are her canvas.
Individual plates, limited edition pieces and large scale wall installations are available. Commissions are also welcome.
The process begins with the illustration. Working with watercolours and ink, the design grows and evolves. The original artwork is scanned and adjustments made in Photoshop to ensure an accurate fit on the ceramic form, which is an essential part of the process. Mould making and slip-casting in liquid clay produces the ceramic form. Bone china plates are another favourite surface. This ensures that she has the wonderful, clean lines necessary for surface decoration.
The artwork is converted to electronic files which are sent to Stoke on Trent for decal production. The decal tranfers are then applied to the ceramic form and fired.