Inspired: Pippa Neilson

by Webmaster, 16th April 2019

Sculpture and ceramics by Pippa Neilson, Gower Drift Arts

Born and bred in Gower, Pippa lives above Three Cliffs Bay with son Finn and lurcher Molly. A full-time artist, she exhibits, sells locally and online and takes commissions. She also runs driftwood art workshops. 

Above: Ceramic and driftwood candle holder - “I love making ceramic plaques – they each tell a story. This one is looking out of the window at the sea, with a boat chugging by.”



“Everything I use to make my driftwood boats has been found on the beach. I make ones in 2D and ones in 3D, all in various sizes. This one is half-a-metre wide. The more weathered they are, I think the better they look. When I was growing up, my father used to take my sister Julia and I to Swansea Docks. We’d look up at these gigantic metal tankers and I couldn’t believe things that were so massive and heavy could possibly float. I loved everything about them. My dad’s not around anymore, and every time I make a boat I think: ‘I wish Dad could see this’.



“These lovebirds were a commission for a gentleman whose wife loved my work. He wanted me to create something romantic but in my style. I think their quirky wire legs and feet give them a lot of character.”



“This is part of a commission from someone who wanted me to make them a tea set, but in my own style. When I produce pottery I like it to be really tactile; these mugs sit nicely in your hands and have curled lips so they’re lovely to drink from. They’re glazed with coastal-inspired blues and each features a seabird design debossed into the side using one of my handmade ceramic stamps.”



“I’m crazy about fossils. When we were kids, my grandparents used to have lots of fossils, and I was fascinated by them. If I’m ever at a friend’s house and they have one I always ask if I can come back with some clay and take a cast. All my ceramic ammonites are made from casts of real fossils and look great in the house or garden, glazed or unglazed.”


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