Urpu Sellar works in her studio in South West Scotland to create what she calls 3D cartoons. Almost all of her work is humorous, and often titles are based on spoonerisms or twists of language.
Urpu was born in Finland in the 50s and studied textile design at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Stuttgart, including a one year weaving course in Sindelfingen. Urpu and her husband moved to Galloway in 1980.
Urpu began pottery by chance in 1992:
“I was looking for tiles for the bathroom and didn’t find ones I liked so I went to the local pottery and asked for some clay to make them myself. Of course it went horribly wrong; they all warped and cracked. I was using the wrong type of clay and I had no experience at all but I got the notion to do something with clay. I started by making coiled and slab-built bowls, then fish to hang on the wall.
Combining the ceramic fish with wood, metal, glass, acrylic and anything else suitable, my work has since developed into three dimensional sculptural forms. I have a great interest in language and its subtleties. I find English a rich source of ideas for my current work, especially puns and idioms, where a word may have more than one spelling and meaning but only one pronunciation. I love listening to people talking; sometimes just a slip of the tongue or a spoonerism gives me an idea.”
Available work by Urpu Sellar:
Woodstone Bird 27Urpu Sellar
Ceramic, wood and beach pebble. Approximately 36 x 10 x 15 cm.
Woodstone Bird 21Urpu Sellar
Ceramic, wood and beach pebbles. Approximately 29 x 11 x 7.5 cm.
Woodstone Bird 13Urpu Sellar
Ceramic, wood and beach pebbles. Approximately 22 x 11 x 5.5 cm.
Ceramic and wood (Burr Elm). Approximately 16 x 15 x 11 cm.
Whitings on the wallUrpu Sellar
Ceramic and wood (Mahogany). Approximately 20 x 18 x 16 cm.
Mice after the harvestUrpu Sellar
Ceramic, steel and wood (Burr Elm). Approximately 25 x 27 x 18 cm.
Ceramic and wood (Ash). Approximately 41 x 30 x 11 cm.
High FiveUrpu Sellar
Ceramic, driftwood and marble. Approximately 62 x 12 x 18 cm.
Felix at peace with himselfUrpu Sellar
Ceramic. Approximately 37 x 19 x 16 cm.
Des ResUrpu Sellar
Ceramic and wood. Approximately 35 x 24 x 29 cm.
Desert Wonder 19Urpu Sellar
Ceramic and glass beads. Approximately 23 x 15 x 15 cm.
Crow’s NestUrpu Sellar
Ceramic, wood and copper wire. Approximately 40 x 20 x 23 cm.
Ceramic and string. Approximately 8 x 20 x 8 cm.