The work explores the way that girls are constrained from birth to conform to an appearance and code of behaviour, to present a perfect face, and maintain the expectations of others. The use of porcelain, or of stoneware with layered disrupted surfaces, describe the vulnerability beneath.
From the moment we are born gender can dictate our future.
Individual figures show the young child dressed for display, as plaything, entertainment and ornament. Looks and behaviour are already prescribed.
Stand up straight, smile nicely, say please.
Jemma first trained for a BSc in Engineering Product Design, and worked in the fields of industrial design, production, and architectural model making before becoming a teacher of Design and Technology. With experience in making using a very broad range of materials, for a wide range of purposes, ceramics has become the abiding interest with it’s unique versatility and surface possibilities, the technical challenges and opportunities seem endless.

Being a mother, wife and daughter, as well as a woman working in a largely male field, has led to an examination of the role of the female, and how societal norms can still shape the way children are raised.

Girl on Hopper. Ceramic.  18cm high, 12cm wide.  £145,  JG4.jpg


Jemma Gowland

Girl on Hobbyhorse. Ceramic.


Clockwork Girl, seated.  Ceramic.
Clockwork Girl, Crawling.  Ceramic.

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