Ice Cream Ceramic Sculptures by Anna Barlow

British Artist Anna Barlow created these realistic ice cream sculptures made of high fired, glazed porcelain.

“I am fascinated by the way we eat food, especially by the rituals around celebrational or indulgent treats that have developed... I have focused on ice cream as it is such a momentary and yet memorable treat that most of us have experienced and therefore can evoke memories of sensations and tastes, as well as prompt a fantasy of desired indulgences.”

"The beauty of food left to melt and ooze holds a fascination for me. It is something that is usually over looked and temporary but this can be captured and frozen in time with clay and glaze."

"It took about 8 years of research to come up with the right techniques and colours."

"I use a scoop for the earthenware clay, as you would with real ice-cream, then the 'cream’ is piped on and the hand-modelled extras are added."

"I use a mixture of techniques: I work from molds a lot--both press molding and slip casting--I really like the way a mold can pick up so much detail. I push clay across a small round mold to create ice cream "scoops" and pipe wet clay through an icing bag for cream. I hand model all the cherries--so every one is different!"

"I love the idea that ice-cream only lasts for seconds but once its fired, ceramic is permanent unless you break it."

On average, she spends three months on a single sculpture.

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Source: the curatorial


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