Meri Wells who lives and works in rural Wales, comments about her ceramic figures:
The small ceramic figures come out of the hedge that I can see from the window.
They march past reviving forgotten imagery of childhood stories and our cultural myths. I try to draw them in that first fleeting glimpse. They are best viewed in groups, from the perspective of personal history and the elemental associations with certain places.
The larger, often lifesize, sculptural pieces, are, I believe, a result of disillusionment with how we repeatedly fail to sustain a functional society. So I based these on forms which inhabit a parallel universe and often they are self portraits.”
“They are made from coiled, grogged clay and soda fired in a wood kiln to stoneware temperatures, using locally sourced slips and ash glazes.”
Meri is a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales, and was elected both to the Royal Cambrian Academy and the International Academy of Ceramics in 2007.
Her work is in numerous private and public collections including:
- Townley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley
- Collection of the Artist's Union, Latvia
- Czech Agency of Ceramic Design, Czech Republic
- City Art Gallery and Museum, Panevezys, Lithuania
- International Ceramics Studio Kecskemet, Hungary
- Saltzbrand Collection Coblenz, Germany
- Ceramics Collection, University of Wales Aberystwyth
- Sculpture Park, Kastiel Pusty Chotar Beladice, Slovenska Republika
- National Museum of Wales
- Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth
- Fuping Pottery Art Museum, XiAn, China
- Newport City Museum and Art Gallery, Gwent