Lucille Lewin is a South African born British sculptor working in porcelain, glass and metal. Founder and director of Whistles (1976-2001) and Creative Director of Liberty (2007-2008). Lewin left fashion for a career in sculpture with a Diploma in Fine Art and Ceramics from CityLit (2014). She completed her Master degree at the Royal College of Art (2017).
Her sculptural ceramic objects explore the relationship between form, chemistry and process. Research into the origins of European porcelain, and the alchemists who invented it, references the Victorians cabinet of Curiosities, early microscopic photographs of the natural world by Karl Blossfeldt, and a fascination with early medical and scientific papers - all colliding in her work. Themes of fragility and impermanence underlie ways in which we attempt to control or deny these inevitable states.
Lewin uses porcelain to "express the complexity of the contemporary world. I realised as I was working that I was discovering the unconscious through my work." And finding one visitor to her degree show in tears as he looked at her work "was particularly thrilling, for it made me feel that through it I had found an emotional and spiritual connection with the viewer".