Gail Altschuler has had an ongoing passion for contemporary ceramics and ten years ago she started making feminine ceramic torsos. They can be seen as sculptural votive figures or used as decorative vases.
Her themes relate to feminism and to organic, improvised, modernist design. Some of the torso vases are homages to specific women she admires; her heroines. For example, writers like Elena Ferrante, Jeanette Winterson, Maya Angelou, Nadine Gordimer and George Eliot; and some to women like Mary Anning, the fossil finder from Lyme Regis.
Gail often includes words, quotes, dates and number, and she deals with other feminist issues including the body clock and pregnancy.
The torso-vases are hand built forms from soft slabs often impressed with textures, first bisque fired to 1000’c and then white glazed and high fired to 1220’c. Each one is individual and unique.