My work is inspired by natural forms and observation of related forms found in the manufactured world. It is mostly porcelain, sometimes with additions of glass or metal, and best described as semi-functional or non-functional, though the many vases I make all work.
Since childhood I have always loved lanterns and specific lights which give rooms a magical appearance. I have been concentrating on developing a range of sculptural lamps which have this transformative quality, each one a 'one off', some combining glass 'seeds'.
I use a range of techniques including, slabbing, casting, throwing and modelling. All the work is fired to stoneware temperature and glazed with matt soft colours. Over the years sources of inspiration have been Ruth Duckworth, Mary Rogers and the wonderful Victorian flower modellers. More recently Dale Chihuly glass has been inspirational for its scale and risk taking.
I trained at Birmingham College of Art and have been a Lecturer at Bournville School of Art, now UCE. I retired as Head of 3D Foundation Department in 2005 to concentrate on my own work.
Elaine Hind's lamps are included in the new book from A&C Black, Ceramics with Mixed Media by Joy Bosworth.
Elaine Hind's lamps are featured in a new book published by Black Dog Publishing, 2007 Breaking The Mould
- 2011 From Earth, The RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
- 2008 Botanica 2, Oriel Makers Gallery, 37 Pen-y-lan Road, Roath Park, Cardiff CF24 3PG
- 2012 Flights of Fancy, The Gallery Upstairs, Henley In Arden
- 2010 The Midland Potters, association, Bevere Gallery, Bevere, Worcester (more info)
- 2008 Winter Exhibition '08, The Gallery Upstairs, Henley in Arden (more info)
- 2007 Midland Potters association Showcase, The Hub Shop, The Hub , Sleaford Lincolnshire
- 2006 New Galleries Exhibition, Tregoning Fine Art, Derby