After studying Fine Art Ceramics (BA Hons) at Exeter College of Art and Design, Blandine taught for five years at colleges in Somerset before setting up her first ceramic studio in Devon in 1988.
She has since established a reputation as an artist intent on pushing creative boundaries and has gained an enthusiastic following for her hugely collectable one-off sculptural works.
“Although my work is dominated by the broad theme of animals in landscape – the driving forces behind it are really composition and proportion.
Since I come from a Fine Art background, I lean towards a sculptural approach. As a result I am torn between wanting to make simple sculptural forms and more decorative works which are whimsical, meaningful and communicate my love of the subject.
While some pieces are designed as a whole, base forms are often conceived before the overall design is finalised. The base is then “populated” with creatures chosen to enhance it: hares and foxes for long fluid lines; sheep to punctuate; birds to break through the form.
I am fascinated by the way that the base form is altered by adding a creature - it may be visually enhanced or destroyed.
In a way – my work is really an ongoing search for the perfect combination where animal enhances form to the extent where both are balanced and evident in their own right.
As a small-holder and nature-enthusiast (farming woodland, traditional pasture and Culm grass-land in North Devon)environmental issues are never far from my thoughts and are constantly referred to in the work.
It is my aim to draw attention to the beauty of wild nature – in order to engender curiosity and respect.
My creatures are intended to stand out as free-spirited beings – each with their own rich lives independent of the human world.
My work constantly refers to the wild world and recurrent changes within it.”.