Title: Sandra Wrestling the Polis, 1978
Size: 32cm x 32cm x 30cm
Medium: Stoneware Ceramic with Manganese & Copper Glaze

Additional Information
Inspired piece: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) (1888), Oil on Canvas, 72.2cm x 91cm Link here to the piece in the National Galleries of Scotland collection.

"My art teacher, Edward Marle, first introduced me to the works of Paul Gaugin when I was 16 years old. A solo trip to Edinburgh and the National Gallery soon followed and I was entranced by “Jacob Wrestling the Angel”. The drama, composition and expressive colours all made an impact on this spotty school boy.

A few years later as a slightly less spotty art student after visiting “my Gauguin”, I witnessed the catalyst for my small sculpture.

A very drunken hen party had started to squabble amongst themselves in Rose Street. The main culprit, dressed as an angel, was wrestling with a small Edinburgh policeman who tried in vain to restrain her and calm the farcical situation. To cries of “Leave him Sandra!”, I exited the scene as more police arrived and reflected upon this strange encounter.

Over a pint in the Café Royal, I toasted and thanked Paul Gauguin and Edward Marle for opening up a world of symbolism, fantasy and endless possibilities. Also, I relay my thanks to Sandra for the inspiration and the surrealist drama." Ronnie Fulton


About the Artist

After studying Ceramics at Glasgow School of Art from 1976-80 I have always maintained a connection with clay. As a teacher, lecturer and potter I have worked in various places before coming to North Berwick in 2005. Throughout my career my fascination with the sea has been a constant, as has my love of working with clay. I hope that the enjoyment which I derive from this wonderful material is reflected in the work on display.

All work is fired to 1220 degrees C and decorated with coloured slips and glazes.