Ceramicist. Jeweller. Tamara Rookes creates works in two different trajectories. Clay and metal. Despite these two usually divergent processes and materials, each of her pieces exhibits cohesion with each other and within her overall practice.
Rookes’ eye for design and construction can be traced back to her formal studies at Fashion School. It was there she began to develop her own take on juxtaposition, the elegant balance between raw and refined which she has honed over time.
Light and darkness connect Rookes back to her Scandinavian heritage. The brightness of a glowing kiln, the intense heat of casting metal like the fires of the Viking metalsmiths. Towards the periphery in the shadows, we catch fleeting glimpses of her subject matter, faces, birds and mythical creatures in the night-time woods.