cambridge contemporary art

Anne Barrell

Anne is interested in how we look at the world and in how we bestow meaning on objects. There is a history to the medium of ceramics which is linked to our industrial heritage and to our domestic lives. There is an element of the souvenir to her work, not just of a place, but of a time.

Anne is very inspired by all things to do with the sea and shipping and our British maritime heritage, as well as by modern British artists. The decoration technique of sgraffito is used with the image scratched into layers of colour on the clay.

There is a definite Alfred Wallis feel to the sgraffito pieces with merchant ships, sailing boats, fishing trawlers and all things to do with the sea and coast featured. Rum cups, pedestal bowls, and jugs have hand painted boats and ships traversing stormy seas or sheltering in tree lined harbours. As each piece is handmade and painted they all have their own character.

The more abstract ‘Shell Range’ are made using slabbed clay decorated with soft grey glazes. They are completed with a final firing with Gold Lustre. These have a sculptural quality and work well in groups

Anne Barrell Biography

Anne attended art classes in New York and then returned to Britain to do a degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Anne then had a studio at Cockpit Arts in Holborn, London before moving to Eastbourne in 2004. She has exhibited at various shows in London and around England, and work has been commissioned to sell at The Jerwood Gallery, Emma Mason British Prints, Towner and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. 

Oval Dish


23 x 15 x 3cm


Square Platter


23 x 23 x 2cm


Arctic Plate


17 x 17cm


Mackerel Platter


35 x 27 x 5cm


Drinking Vessels


8 x 9cm

£49 each



10 x 10cm


Oval Dish


22 x 15 x 2.5cm




13 x 12cm

£77 each

Vessel Vase


17 x 12 x 8cm