Tanya Gomez

Green Flash

A flash of green exploded from the point on the horizon where the sun had just disappeared. The burst of emerald light was gone in a second but the memory of the spectacle is still vivid.  This work is my response to that spectacular moment.

I had been working as a deckhand on a yacht in the Caribbean. Each night we would watch the sun setting on the aft deck and hope to see the phenomena of the green flash. In the hundreds of sunsets I have watched only once have I seen it in its glory. With not a cloud or obstruction in the way the sun melted down over the horizon and through the prism of light refracting a green flash occurs.

I am a fascinated by the way different surface and glazes can be used to capture and refract light.  By using a celadon base glaze I can create vibrant colours by using commercial stains.  I throw sections of each piece and build these together to develop dynamic vessels. The forms are individually simplistic but when viewed together a more complex pattern of colour and shape emerges.


Royal College of Art MA Ceramics and Glass                 
200104  Brighton University BA Honours Three Dimensional Craft and Design    
199901  Major: Ceramics Minor: Metal Camberwell College BTEC Art and Design                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011  Contemporary Ceramic Centre, London
Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London  
Ceramic Art London, Royal College of Art                                               
2010  RCA MA SHOW ONE, Royal College of Art                      
Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales       
2009  Land and Sea, Angela Mellor Gallery, Ely 
Einfall, Freud Museum, London            
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield                                  
Art in Action,       
RBSA, 'Elements'                            
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists          
2008  Open Studio, Shoreham-by-Sea                                         
Eat Drink and be Merry, Llantarnam Grange Arts, Torfaen                
High Tide, Regata Fine Art, Norfolk                              
Hastings, Hastings Museum                      
Art in Clay, Hatfield House, Hatfield                                   
Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire                          
Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey, Devon                                             
Kiln to Table, The Gallery @ Bevere,Worcester                  
Ceramic Art London, The Royal College of Art, London              
Dinning In, Craft in The Bay, Cardiff      

  Professional Member of Craft Potters Association
2009  Charlotte Fraser Prize 
2007  Craft Council Development Award  
2006  Arts Council Grant  

Ceramic Review, A Potters Day, Issue 231, May/June 2008, pg79
Craft and Design, Craftsmen Magazine, One to watch, July/August 2007, pg.15
Ceramic Monthly, October 2005, pg. 255
Ceramic Review, Issue 214, July/August 2005, pg. 17




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