JITKA PALMER was born in Prague and studied medicine and worked as an anatomist. In 1985, she moved to Britain and studied ceramics at Croydon College of Art and Design. She set up her first studio in London with the help of a Crafts Council Setting Up Grant. Now, she lives in Bristol, and works from her home-based clay studio and from her stone carving studio at Blaise Castle Stables.
Her work is figurative, expressive and narrative. She coils and pinches large vessels and sculptures from clay and porcelain then paints them freely with and slips and oxides, using them as her canvases. She also carves sculpture in Bath and Portland stone. She draws constantly in ink, dry pastel and charcoal and loves using watercolour and tempera. She loves to sketch from life. ‘The life around me, the people with their ordinary lives, are my main source of inspiration. I also draw from music, literature, poetry and nature. I am on the lookout for special moments, situations and stories.’
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