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Fiamma Colonna Montagu is an artist specialising in large-scale ceramic sculpture and site-specific commissions. Her vessels and small maquettes, often the first stage for large-scale work, are available alongside major pieces at Sladers Yard, set in the Dorset landscape that inspires her. We are also delighted to organise site-specific commissions.
Fiamma’s sculptures are made combining porcelain with numerous stoneware clays – black, red, buff and stone grey – which she high fires with cobalt and iron oxides. Each ‘element’ is thrown, shaped or hand carved and high fired, before being assembled into the piece, The result is to create sculpture with strongly contrasting elements, the delicate qualities of porcelain against the rough and powerful stoneware.
Since 2000, Fiamma Colonna Montagu has been making large-scale sculptures commissioned by art collectors, notably a series of circles or ‘Portals’ up to 3m in diameter and a series of ‘Meditation Totems’. These beautiful works do not fail to engage us both in the landscape and in the interiors where they are placed. In 2023, she completed ‘Blue Sky Dreaming’, a large portal for a private garden in the Algarve and two ‘Open Sanctuary’ sculptures, meditation spaces made with artist Sam Selwyn Bazeley, which were commissioned by clients in Portugal and Hampshire.
In 2014, she produced the acclaimed ‘Blood Swept Fields’ poppy installation in commemoration of the WWI centenary at HRH Royal Palaces at the Tower of London, overseeing the making of 888,246 ceramic poppies for the largest single art installation staged internationally.
Now living with her family in West Dorset, Fiamma Colonna Montagu grew up in London. She studied at Bryanston, a co-educational liberal arts school in Dorset, followed by Oxford University. She worked in film and television before focusing on her ceramic work.
Recent exhibitions include Robert Bowman, Mayfair 2022; West Downs Gallery, Winchester 2022; Rebecca Willer, London; New Art Centre, Roche Court and Sladers Yard gallery in Dorset.
We are delighted to discuss commissions for Fiamma’s portals, vessels and totems. For more information please contact Anna Powell on 01308 459511 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Circle of Life ‘Contrasting Elements’