2016 Art Trail
I work in raku and naked raku as I like the way the finished pots reflect their ‘elemental’ journey from transient mud into immutable ceramic: I think this particular process imparts a ‘sense of life’ within a piece. The transparent crackle glaze I use dresses tightly-controlled, sculpted forms in a complementary random and natural effect sometimes punctuated by paper and glue resisted areas.
The pots are modified with shaped ‘ribs’ during throwing and often have no base so the pot can rock and roll without tipping. I enjoy this play between the fragility of the pot and the durability of its composition. Forms suggest seeds and nuts, ringed planets, flower bracts and jet engine parts. Larger, sculptural work is assembled multiple part ‘Ceramicano’ press-moulded forms with varying surface treatment and the ability to ‘nest’ one sculpture within another of different scale.
Much of my work is tactile, made in two or more parts and offering a range of display composition which includes the observer/owner into the sculptural process – most themes ‘evolve’ and interact through a form of natural selection.