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Pippa Hill grew up in the Dorset countryside, surrounded by animals, including cows, sheep, my pony, dogs, chickens, hamsters, and even tame pigeons. Being able to closely observe animals sparked her interest in creating sculptures. At age 7 she would collect clay from the ploughed fields surrounding her home, to create sculptures of the animals around her.
Pippa’s fascination with capturing the anatomy and behaviour of animals informs her work to this day. Each piece is hand built from stoneware clay and fired to 1250 degrees in a gas kiln. Her sculptures have a dynamic sense of movement to them that captures the personality of the animal depicted, from pouncing foxes to alert, listening hares.
As well as ceramic pieces, Pippa has in recent years branched out into Bronze and resin, allowing her to create larger pieces that would not be possible to create in ceramic, including a commission to create a life size boxer dog.
Along with working full time as an Artist, Pippa also teaches ceramic sculpture in her purpose-built Dorset studio.