Elaine Peto

About Elaine Peto

Elaine Peto graduated from Exeter College of Art & Design in 1985, where she studied animals via livestock markets and the abattoir, using the media of photography and drawing to record the structure of the carcass.

In 1986, she set up a studio and continued the study of agricultural animals. Each animal is individually made by the process of slab building in clay, i.e. rolling out a sheet of clay and forming the body, then gradually adding slab by slab to form the whole animal. The details are then remodeled until the animal is complete. It is then biscuit fired, glazed and refired to stoneware.

Elaine wishes to develop other animals such as African animals and to incorporate other materials such as metals with ceramics.

My current work is stoneware.

Current Work Available from:

Fitch & Fellows – Thame, Oxfordshire
Fenwick Gallery - Warkworth, Northumberland
Montpellier Gallery - Stratford upon Avon
The Biscuit Factory - Newcastle Upon Tyne

wow Gallery - Dorking, Surrey
Gallery SCA - Shropshire
The Old Chapel Gallery - Pembridge, Herefordshire, 
Gallery Du Don - Montsalvy, France

Technical Information

All fired in an electric kiln to between 1260c – 1280c. The pieces are decorated with glazes and oxides. Some pieces are decorated with glazes and stains.

Background History

I studied sculpture at ‘Exeter college of Art and Design’ 1982-1985.
Set up my workshop in 1986.

Solo shows:
Gomshall Gallery
Coach House Gallery
The Old Bakehouse
Tring Museum

Chase Art Gallery
Wimpole Hall

Work in collections:
Alton Museum (Allen Gallery)
Arrucci Collection
Hertford Arts Education

Collectors Lot (Channel 4)
Country Ways (ITV)
Midsomer Murders (ITV)