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Creating art and carving back during a pandemic

Lucy Baxendale reflects on this year’s slower pace of life, and how she creates her art during a pandemic. Find her new sculptural pieces on offer at MADE Makers August.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a series of one-off vases that are a nod to my more sculptural pieces, exploring some new detailing techniques. I’m also exploring new homeware options – including incense stick holders, the first batch of which will be released at MADE Makers.

Where have you found inspiration during lockdown?

More than ever, I found it comforting to get lost in my own little world away from everything. I’ve found it quite therapeutic carving back, rather than building up in the way I usually would. I feel like this is quite reflective of the times – scaling back, looking at what we do have, and working with it. I’m excited about the possibilities that these new techniques might add in combination with my usual ones.

Tell us about your favourite piece you’ll exhibit at MADE Makers.

I’ve decided to share one of my favourite bigger sculptural pieces with MADE – It’s called ‘Inwards’ and again, sort of feels reflective of the times. It’s made from a mixture of special and onyx porcelain and is perhaps more figurative than my usual pieces.

What methods do you use?

I predominately use hand building techniques to make my work, and don’t use many tools. I build hollow forms as a base for my sculptures, and hand carve details. My favourite technique at the moment is sgraffito, which is where you cover the clay in slip and then carve detail back into it. I love the gouges my tool leaves. It’s reminiscent of lino cutting.

What do you think the arts sector needs to move forward after lockdown?

I think it needs to be more open and accessible to everyone. One positive that has come from lockdown is the technology that helps people to access workshops from home. Bringing art into the home can never be a bad thing. To create is human, and to make is a great way of processing thoughts and feelings.

How can an online event like MADE Makers help your business?

With uncertainty over physical shows this year, MADE Makers can help me reach new audiences, and connect with new makers, from the comfort of my studio.


Lucy Baxendale will showcase her sculptures during MADE Makers from 1 – 2 August. The show opens at 9am – first come, first serve!

Find previews over on Instagram @tuttonandyoung