Art & Design Monday, November 28th Words by: Mark Bowen

Best In Show: William Rolls' clay creations go on show in Hereford city

Art & Design Monday, November 28th

Best In Show: William Rolls' clay creations go on show in Hereford city

Working out of his studio in Hereford, ceramic artist William Rolls uses salt-fired clay to capture the movement, life and essence of dogs. 

With a new exhibition and new work on show at Gallery@OMP in Hereford, we went to find out more about his canine creations.


"I have an affinity with dogs," said Rolls, whose sculptures are the distillation of years of experimentation and exploration.

"I have tried to make cats but I've decided against it as I just don't have the same affinity with them.

"But clay is a fantastic material to use as you can make anything you like with it.

"I've concentrated on dogs as a subject as I love their boundless lust for life.

"In each piece I attempt to capture the movement, life and essence of the subject. Each piece is a one-off."

Raised in Buckinghamshire, Rolls studied for a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Applied Arts at Hereford College of Arts, graduating in 2014 before tackling an MA in Contemporary Crafts.

A licentiate member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, he embraces experimentation and constantly tries new techniques - often stumbling on new textures that becomes the fur coats of specific dog breeds.

Still, everyone has a favourite.

"I keep getting asked for Labradors."

Rolls' latest canine creations are on display at The Craft Gallery in Church Street, Hereford, from November 2016 to 31 January 2017, together with the work of seven other established or emerging contemporary artisans, featuring blown-glass, textiles, thrown pots, upholstery, jewellery, mixed-media paintings and line drawings.

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