Patricia Volk

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Crowd, 2009 Ceramic H48 W45 D12 © Patricia Volk
Lift, 2009 Ceramics H63 W46 D16 © Patricia Volk
Point, 2009 Ceramics H31 W45 D 4
Support, 2009 Ceramic H48 W45 D12
Sip, 2009 Ceramics H13 W39 D12 © Patricia Volk
Quick Facts
Works in
Bradford on Avon
modern, sculpture

Patricia Volk, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors, was born in 
Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has a studio in Farleigh Hungerford, 
Somerset. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, 
including at Buekenholf-Phoenix Gallery in Belgium, Chichester 
Cathedral and the Royal West of England Academy, also appearing in 
the collections of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, Lord Carrington, 
Simon Relph CBE, the British Consul (Ivory Coast) and Mary Portas. She 
was Regional Winner of the ING “Discerning Eye” prize in 2007 and has 
been shortlisted for the prestigious Brian Mercer Residency. One of her 
pieces was also selected as a Southern Arts prize.
“As a sculptor I love working with the directness of clay, using all the 
techniques, coiling and slab building, making one-off pieces, which are 
fired then finished with acrylic paint. Classical sculpture was always 
highly coloured but we have this erroneous idea that they were all 
white and sterile looking.
My obsession as an artist is catching a very simple form or line, then 
enhancing it with colour. Sometimes these are juxtapositions that I 
hope suggest contradictions of strength and fragility, stability and 
precariousness – like the relationships between human beings. But also 
of rest and activity, grace and motion, that give an object a lively 
presence and a sense of individual character. But really all this is open 
to the eye of the beholder. I never want to be too prescriptive, and in 
saying this much I’ve probably said too much.”
Patricia was invited by the Trustees of the Designer Crafts Foundation to 
go to Israel in December to be one of their guest sculptors. This involves
attending & speaking at the symposium in Tel Hai, lecturing in 
Jerusalem at the Israel Museum and at the Bet Benyamini Centre in Tel Vie


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