Bronwyn Williams-Ellis: Mythical Beasts Past and Present

27 November 2021
27 February 2022

The lively and colourful beasts painted onto ceramic dishes featured in this show have been conceived as partners to the adjoining Myths and Monsters exhibition. Bath-based artist Bronwyn Williams-Ellis has always drawn, painted and had an interest from an early age in using clay. Her career started by moving into the landscape where she built a massive kiln to fire substantial slab-built figures and pieces for the garden.

Always interested in early art and archaeology, it was during a visit to the Alhambra palace in Spain that she became excited by colour and drawing on surface-decorated ceramics, a very different tradition to that of making pots. She particularly enjoys the softness, richness of colour and the textures when working in earthenware, using combinations of low-fired clays, coloured slips and highlights of glaze.