Penni Pierce is an artist who uses traditional tools and materials, sculpting in stone, plaster and clay. Many of her sculptures are inspired by small details found in the landscape and natural organic forms, and she captures patterns, curves and lines to create a sense of rhythm and balance in her carving. A sculpture usually begins its life as drawings based on an idea, from which she will often make a plaster maquette which become artworks themselves, before carving a final piece.
She began carving after spending some time working with the stonemasons at Canterbury Cathedral, and the stone she uses is mainly salvaged from restorations at the Cathedral. She is excited by the prospect of discovering new form within an ancient material, and will incorporate existing mouldings from a reclaimed piece into her final work. She enjoys the physical and creative challenges of working with stone, and its unique characteristics go some way to suggesting the finished sculpture.
Penni is a member of Pure Form sculpture collective based in Canterbury, Kent who are dedicated to the art of direct carving in stone and wood. The group currently has over 100 members who include professional sculptors and artists, and exhibit regularly around Kent.