Dawn Youll is a ceramicist, originally from Sunderland, now based in Glasgow. She studied ceramics at The Glasgow School of Art, 1999 and later at Cardiff School of Art & Design, graduating with an MA in 2008. Alongside her studio practice, she worked in the Scottish film & television industry and is currently Craft Programme Producer for Cove Park, an artists’ residency organisation on the west coast of Scotland. Dawn is represented by Marsden Woo Gallery, London.
Dawn Youll’s sculptural practice centres on the exploration of a personal narrative. The urban environment, the studio setting, and the making process itself all play a part in the development of her ornamentally scaled ceramic sculptures. From research gathered she selects and considers form, colour, surface and words as separate elements, gradually allowing them to find comfortable partners and groupings as a body of work develops. Using clay as her chosen medium and traditional ceramic techniques such as modelling, plaster forming, mould making and slip casting, allows her to explore the power of the ceramic ornament as a carrier of narratives, produced throughout history.