Monday, June 25, 2012
In between all my experimenting and playing with new ideas, the working life continues! This is a recently completed panel commissioned by a client with specific reference to nature combined with the particular colours and atmosphere of the living space where the panel will finally be displayed.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Alchemists’ work, turning tin and arsenic and vegetable juices into golden fruit painted with a kind of showy complication and variety that suggests there must have been competition among the painters of lemons.
Above is a quote from Mark Doty’s lovely little book, Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, which is both an ode to the still life form and a meditation on ordinary objects and time.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
And on with the quietness...alongside the orders I am playing with spontaneous forms and enjoying the still life quality enhanced by the accompaniment of apples. (These came out of the kiln early this week.)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I am usually drawn to using bright colours, but a quiet side of me - an antidote - comes up every now and then, and increasingly more often these days. The above items are part of a bespoke dinner service for a client. I call this my 'white-on'white' ware, in fact it is white matte texture combined with white shiny glaze all covering a charcoal clay which gives the white some depth. All packed up and shipped off today!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
I am rather into the concept of 'high tea', although so far this only extends as far as making the tiered petit fours stand...longing for some delicious treats to display on this commissioned piece, recently out of the kiln.
Monday, June 4, 2012
In the past few weeks I have been experimenting with new shapes and new expressions. These are a few of my rather curious re-worked and re-worked dishes out of the kiln today. I am trying to make pieces that can function both as sculptural and utilitarian items. Watch this post for more of these coming up soon!
Saturday, June 2, 2012
There are many definitions of clobbering ranging from hitting someone hard to overwriting the contents of a computer file. However in the ceramic context my understanding is that 'clobbering' means to decorate another's work with overglaze. The first image depicted here is of 2 clobbered vases - these white vases are from Ceramic Matters and I have added my mark to them.