Playing in photoshop with found images. These could be made into transfers for use on pots or just left as ideas. It does hold a narrative for me but I leave you to make up your own.
VAS exhibition at RSA February - March 2013
Ceramics in the City Geffrye Museum London 20, 21, 22 September
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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