I finished an MA in Ceramics at Bath spa University in 2014 where I concentrated on experimental work. The resulting sculptures express a physicality and movement that celebrates the expressive potential of the clay.
This desire for a relaxed spontaneity is explored in some of these domestic jugs. The wheel thrown form acts as a canvas; it is dipped in white slip, then vigorous, gestural overlapping and sweeping marks are applied with a ladle.
The intention is to let it flow and trust in the process. I use soft clay encouraging a looser more fluid and immediate style of throwing on the wheel.
The subsequent handling of the pot, the pronounced throwing rings, the joins of the two parts become an opportunity for character ; for example a dribble, a splash that animates the exuberant surface. These are deliberately sought.
The glazes blend, bleed and provide contrasting tones and textures, on the rhythmic surface.
The slip application speaks of organic hand building processes and these hand marks, and other incidental bumps and marks that happen in the forgiving clay.
The forms, the slip coatings, contrasting reds and white areas that are glazed and unglazed evolve over successive applications and firings.
I am taking part in a two man show with a landscape artist Marc Thompson at the Sewell Centre Gallery in October.
'Experimental Clay Workshop’ on the 21st September
Exploration of material focusing on the process of making rather than the finished object.
The workshop will be about being open to the possibilities, taking risks and exploring new territories with the clay.
Letting go of your preconceived ideas of ceramics and being open to breaking rules and allowing yourself to learn to play again like a child.
A teaching collaboration with ceramic artist Hannah Yeadon a fellow post graduate of Bath Spa University.
See Masterclasses at https://www.canalstreetpottery.co.uk/