Ceramic cave on show at aquarium

Adele Davison's Underwater Ceramic Sculptures on Display at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

Adele Davison's Underwater Ceramic Sculptures on Display at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

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A SERIES of underwater artworks are on display at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

The ceramic sculptures have been created by Adèle Davison, from Fenham in Northumberland, as part of her foundation degree in contemporary ceramic practice at Newcastle College.

Adèle, who had to create a site-specific work for an environment of her choosing for one of her final assignments, said: “I began by designing and making some small ‘test’ pieces of ceramic work to go into my own fish tanks at home.

“When designing the work, I tried to think about the movement and behaviour of the fish that would be living with them in their tanks.

“I noticed many fish like to find hiding places, and often follow the natural flow and movement of the water in the tank just as they would in a river or at sea.

“I made a small version of the ‘cave sculpture’ and having witnessed how much my own fish enjoyed using this, I embarked on making it on a bigger scale for the larger aquarium tanks at Blue Reef.”

To ensure no toxic materials were used that might harm the fish, Adèle’s pieces are made from unglazed stoneware clay – therefore composed of little more than high-fired mud.

Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino said: “We’re delighted to have been able to work with Adèle on providing a fitting backdrop for her beautiful artworks.

“And they really do fit in perfectly to their aquatic environment.”