SeaChanges Series 1.
Growing up on the isle of Anglesey the sea has always been a source of fascination and wonder, but only recently has it crept in as a stimulant for the work of making.
There was a voicemail asking if I would consider being an invited artist at 2016 Pittenweem Arts Festival The show will be in a wee cottage on the edge of the sea!
Over the next few months some walls of paper will be covered in drawings reflecting a personal response to the sea. Yes, they will be dramatic and strong statements, so nothing new there, but I look forward to the changes with great anticipation.
PUNCH BOWL. Why oh why do we have to blend in? Where's the life, the passion in that? LET'S SHOUT about this fabulous medium. THERE'S SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE with this stuff. Colour for a start. Beige = fear of excess. Pastells = Fear. Let's live a little. Splash out! why don't you?
Transfers are a way of celebrating my debt to the ceramic industry; in 1988 I found a cache of decals that had been sitting for a long time in a drawer at Edinburgh College of Art. No-one else on the course wanted to use them so I snapped them up. With Minton and Sevres as my guides gold lustre followed.
Not being a fan of using plaster (or slip casting) I chose hand building and asymmetry using largely white earthenware clay and oxidised firings which often give brighter colour and can be more economical both time-wise and financially.
Smiling – we need to smile more – a ‘pot’ that raises a smile is stimulating– whether from the complete ridiculous audacity of it or the narrative it has inspired.
Reacting– responding – keeping us awake, keeping us thinking – all helps to keep us ALIVE! and never complacent.
Its about looking, constantly looking and exploring, always open to fresh experiences and never afraid to keep developing a something that engages and stimulates and challenges all those who see the work - as well as the maker.
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Teaching 1992 - 2000 Sunderland University; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee; Edinburgh College Art
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