Ceramic sculptor Fiona Waterstreet creates birds and abstract sculptures from porcelain. Although she has no particular affinity to the animal, Waterstreet’s creations seem to exemplify the je ne sais quoi of a bird. The arch of the neck, the angle of the head, and the details of the beak, all remind the viewer of a bird’s universal nature. Imprinting an organic aesthetic in each piece, the viewer can see the tangible presence of Waterstreet’s hand. United by this tactile quality, each of Waterstreet’s birds has a particular character that comes to life through the undulations of the sculpted clay. Captivating alone or grouped, her birds effortlessly display the whimsical, light-hearted nature of the animal. Waterstreet also sculpts forms that look like vases or antique jugs from porcelain. Exuding a similar aesthetic, these sculptures express Waterstreet’s passion for working the clay into inimitable forms. Always alluring, all of Waterstreet’s works are beautiful additions to spaces in need of playful yet mysterious intrigue.
Waterstreet is deeply fascinated by the wealth of experience that comes from sculpting clay. Bringing a form to life within her hands, Waterstreet enjoys the meditative process that begins in water and minerals and ends in anticipation as it transforms within a fiery kiln. She started throwing clay nine years ago at the Greenwich House Pottery Studio in New York. After learning how to make cylinders and bowls, Waterstreet reached a point where she wanted to make something more dynamic with the clay. Treasuring the freedom of sculpting the material with her hands, Waterstreet created her distinct artform of abstract objects. Born in England, Waterstreet moved to America in the early 1980s and currently lives and works in New York City.