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Brick sculpture from Karen Hilliard

When I first clasped my hands around that cold heavy damp lump of clay, I sensed a new beginning!

This led me to a degree in Ceramics and further to develop my own professional practice with studio and architectural work.

My use of brick as a creative medium began in 1993 when I was commissioned to lead a community group to design a site-specific piece of work using Ceramic Brick for Charlton Lane Hospital in Cheltenham. I devise unique creative opportunities to deliver quality collaborative innovative permanent artworks. I work with people in schools, communities, hospitals and other health care settings.

I found that working with un-fired or ‘green’ brick gave me the creative opportunities and versatility of using a mass of clay to create site-specific work that would otherwise be unachievable in ceramic.

I have experience of collaborating with architects, landscape architects and designers to realise a shared vision and have completed public art commissions for both town and city councils.