Mandy Long

I am a figurative sculptor working in paperclay and glass. My work explores movement in sport and dance, predominantly football and rugby and contemporary dance. The inspiration comes from the energy, passion and athleticism in all of these.

I like the irony that strong, even hefty, powerful sportsmen are depicted in incredibly fragile media.

The surface finish of my work is achieved with a raku firing; quick in ceramic terms, and whilst the areas to be glazed are defined by me, the smoke and crackle is down to the fire. This finish has a raw energy to it which feels in tune with the subject matter.

I have exhibited in Leeds Town Hall and at St James Park Stadium in Newcastle in conjunction with Leeds Rugby League, and my work can be found in seven galleries from Glasgow to Tresco!

I have recently exhibited work at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in partnership with Phoenix Dance Company.