Uprooted Chinese Water Dragon by Jill Moger
Medium: Stoneware and Resin.
Dimensions: 51 x 23 x 30cm.
Jill Moger works from a studio at her home in York where she has been accompanied by a menagerie of various 'rescued' reptiles and amphibians over the past twenty years. Although other creatures are represented in Jill's ceramic work, it is for her reptiles she is best known.
''In their natural state and also in captivity, the scabs and scars of reptiles, the missing claws and spines and the shedding patches of skin, do not detract from their underlying magnificence. I try to create a strong sense of realism in my sculptures whilst at the same time, enhance their most beautiful and decorative characteristics.'' The usually life-sized ceramic sculptures, each individually modelled and intricately detailed, are of high-fired stoneware or porcelain clay, fired in an electric kiln and enhanced by further firings to fix the various glazes, enamels and lustre's.
Sometimes more complicated structures are made in parts and assembled using a variety of media. Jill has also had some of her work cast in bronze and is currently working on new ideas involving porcelain and wire. Jill Moger was elected a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) in 1999 and has variously held the posts of Council member, honorary secretary and newsletter editor, a post which she currently holds.
She was also elected to membership of the Society of Women Artists (SWA) and won the President's and Vice President's Award for the best work of art in their annual exhibition in the same year. The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award was presented to Jill in 2006. Jill was elected a Vice President of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and gravers in 2009 and won the Bidder and Bourne Sculptors and gravers Award and a Gold Memorial Bowl Honourable Mention in that year. Her work is widely exhibited and is represented in both public and private collections in Britain and abroad.
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