I thought I’d share a few photos some recent work. I’ve become increasingly interested in the interface of the natural and urban environments and structures.
I’ve been texturing clay, ripping, cutting and recycling the offcuts from other people’s cuttings in the studio – initially to help use up the used clay for SB, but actually using off cuts has added extra textures, shapes and forms became an interesting process in of itself. I’ve been using rollers, stamps, keys, lids, buttons and basically anything I can get my hands on to texture the clay. I try not to plan them too much but just let the pieces fit themselves together and layer them as required in order to strengthen them where needs be. Usually I have quite a fixed idea of what I want and I draw and plan it. Instead this time I’m trying out respond to the clay and not over think things.
I haven’t made the pieces into functional ware, instead I’ve been making pieces I want to glaze organically and have the pieces in the garden to become part of the natural environment again.
At the moment I’ve made two large pieces, photos of one piece below. I will add photos of their progress as I go.
Any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated!!
Today The Barnet Collection hosted a demonstration with Lesley Risby, a ceramicist who has recently been featured in Ceramic Review.
Lesly demonstrated her techniques of using wire, cotton and porcelain to create nature inspired shapes. Her work resembles shells and seed pods and she said the skeletal effect was in order to show the fragility of nature. She also casts shapes and objects and uses these casts to create repeated forms. Her most recent inspiration has been from natural distribution, in particular the seeds of the sycamore tree.
It was a really lovely afternoon seeing an expert at work! I’m looking forward to future Barnet Collection events.
It was Ceramic Art London this past weekend! My first time going, Beloved and I had tickets for the Sunday. It was a beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies over Kings Cross; a perfect day for wandering around the exhibition and chatting to exhibitors!
The show was in Central Saint Martins and consisted of 90 odd stalls of primarily artists and the odd stall from Ceramic Review, a book stall, Craft Potters Association and one raising money for the new Clay College up in Stoke.
There was a really nice vibe about the place, no doubt helped by the beautiful weather! Who doesn’t love a sunny day?
Having only really experienced Art in Clay at Hatfield House, I thought it might be a little bigger, but that doesn’t reflect the quality of the work on show. It was certainly dominated by statement pieces and less so about functional ware. Don’t get me wrong there were some selling mugs but unlike Art in Clay it seemed much more “art” than everyday use. Which is by no means a criticism! Just an observation. So my hopes of picking up a reasonably priced mug or something was a little restricted. However that didn’t stop me chatting to Lisa Hammond and buying a gorgeous storage jar from her. Her stall had a mix of big beautiful pots and smaller functional jugs, jars and cups. She was so approachable and happily explained how she made the jar and decorated it with slip. I really love how down to earth potters are! Excuse the pun.
I gambled my chances to win a piece on the Clay College bag lucky dip but sadly was not rewarded. I am now the proud owner of this lovely black tote!
Work that stood out for me was that of Peter Beard, whose pots look like they had been grown from the Great Barrier Reef!
Heidi Warr’s monochromatic pieces were incredibly intricate as were Raewyn Harrison’s historical architecture inspired pieces. Then I couldn’t help but smile at Midori Takaki’s huge polar bear!
It really was a feast for the eyes wherever you turned. Beloved was impressed with the work of Finn Dam Rasmussen and the demonstration of the 3D clay printer.
Overall we had a really wonderful day and I came away with more confidence that I will be able to translate my ideas into meaningful pots! (As soon as I can find the time…)
And before I sign off – my little blog has appeared in the most recent issue of Ceramics Review! I feel very proud, if a little out of place.