Rowena works with heavily pigmented clays to construct evocative sculptural
and architectural forms. She was drawn initially to the motif of the abruptly
abandoned building following environmental or manmade disaster; a vessel
for reminiscence and an object implying a human presence by its absence.
Over time these distinctive buildings have become more archetypal and
allude to the dichotomous themes of isolation and community. They exude
stillness and a diffident solitude. Intended to prompt contemplation and to
provoke recollection, each piece has its own temperament with individual
surface texture, marks and features. Rowena’s approach to surface
decoration with its multiple layers of slips and glazes creates a visual interest
that draws the onlooker in.