Steven Peebles is a fine artist/illustrator based in Dundee, Scotland and graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2014 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art. The focus of his practice is the intuitive exploration of his own alternate universe; working with varied drawing, printmaking and sculptural techniques, ideas are transferred and developed between the 2D and 3D to find new ways to catch a glimpse into this world.
After my degree show I was awarded the opportunity to become an intern at Tin Roof for a year. I was given a studio space, access to the workshop; professional development opportunities and a solo show to work towards. In return I helped the committee in the running of the space and events. Having this studio space and support network meant I could continue making work after art school, which can so easily stop when you’re let loose into the real world.
The following year I stayed on as a studio holder, in this time the workshop facilities, the space and freedom were essential to the development of my work. It was a fantastic base where I worked on various projects, exhibited my own solo show and also displayed in a number of Tin Roof Collective showcases. After the original building closed its doors, a lot of my ideas for sculpture and installations had to be put on the back burner due to my new lack of studio space; I had time to develop the illustrative aspects of my practice but I had less opportunity to get my hands dirty.
The opening of Dundee Ceramics Workshop unlocked new unexplored territory for me and my work; using clay was something I wanted to get round to playing with, but I didn’t really feel I had the facilities at hand. Tin Roof has helped me a lot in the last few years and I wanted to continue being a part of the growing Tinners community, so I joined the DCW committee to help develop the new Tin Roof venture and to also learn new skills.
Recently I have been learning more about ceramics and exploring new ways of developing my practice. I’ve been having a lot of fun throwing, pinching various vessels and using different clays. There’s such a wide range of options for materials, glazes and firing that I want to experiment with; for me the process so far has been just as important as the finished object.
In Dundee I feel there has been a clear need for a ceramics workshop. People love getting their hands dirty working with clay; it’s a very therapeutic activity that’s interesting and accessible for people of all ages. What you make doesn’t need to be perfect, but it will be a unique new object moulded by your hands and personality.