Mandy Long

I was born and grew up in Devon, and have always had a great interest in art. However it wasn’t until 1999 when I moved to Leeds that I was able to pursue my passion for working in clay.

David Oxley was my inspirational tutor at Harrogate College where I studied Ceramics from 2001 to 2003. He introduced me to paperclay, the medium for my future work.

Both my sons were keen young footballers, and still are, and it is really through them that my love of ‘the beautiful game’ came to the fore. The passion and energy , the athletic grace and wide spectrum of emotions provided the inspiration for my sculptures. More recently I have also been widening the scope of my work to include, rugby, athletics ,climbing and contemporary dance which, for me, generates an electric excitement.

I work in paperclay which is biscuit fired to around 1000 degrees C and then raku fired in an outdoor gas kiln .

Some of the sculptures are free-standing , but many are set through glass allowing the figure to be caught mid-air. Much of my recent work is now wall mounted .