Ulrica Trulsson references the natural world in her pared back, elegant, yet functional stoneware forms. The simplicity of shifting shapes and the interplay of surface textures and tones of colour in her work create alluring individual pieces and compositions. These unique effects come from closely observing details found in the earth and landscape, such as layers of sedimentary rock, currents of water, ice and stone. It is the intriguing nature of these surface textures and tones and their reference to the landscape which imbue her works with a sense of wonder; “When we really pay attention to details in objects of the natural world there is always new things to discover… An ebb and flow of impressions is keeping fresh ideas coming where my materials are challenging me and there are always new and unexpected outcomes.” Ulrica uses different stoneware clay bodies and glazes for her wheel thrown forms, further exploring the potential of the materials during the firing process. Within this process, she is able to enhance and deepen colours, occasionally enlivened by the iron in the clay creating speckles across the surface. Often, Ulrica arranges her objects in harmonious still life arrangements, exploring the various relationships between space, colour and form. Ulrica says of her work; “I am indeed hopeful my wheel thrown functional objects will be imbued with a sense of curiosity in the ordinary. With this I hope to capture the viewer’s attention to stay in the present just for a moment.”
Swedish born Ulrica Trulsson began her studies in ceramics at Holmesglen in Melbourne where she completed her Diploma of Ceramics. She moved to Adelaide in 2012 to undertake the Jam Factory’s Associate Training Program, continuing her studies under renowned ceramicists including Prue Venables and Kirsten Coelho. In 2014, Ulrica was awarded a highly commended in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize and was the recipient of the Jam Factory’s South Australian Emerging Designer award in 2013.