Thursday, 24 November 2011
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Saturday, 8 October 2011
Now in its third year Gifted is a selling exhibition featuring work by six local artists, utilising wood, metal ceramics, textiles and collage. An excellent opportunity to browse a range of unique and affordable Christmas gifts.
Garry Olson - Furniture
Sylvia Glover - Thrown tableware
Jane Mitchell - Textiles and collage
Karin Sheldon - Jewellery
Christine Emck - Sculpture
Sarah Malone - Ceramics
Friday 25th November 6.00pm - 8.00pm (preview)
Saturday 26th November 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 27th November 11.00am - 5.00pm
I attended the preview night for Clay Connections at the Willow Art Gallery in Oswestry last night. What a beautiful town and lovely gallery space. I had a great evening, not just for the artwork which was truly fabulous but the owner, furniture maker Peter Vidal showed us around his amazing workshop and took the artists out for dinner! A first for me! Sitting around the table were potters; Margaret and David Frith, Jacqui Atkin, Wendy Lawrence, Sue Crossfield, Gordon Cooke, Brigitte Soltau, Karin Hessenburg, Nicholas Marsh and me!! I had to pinch myself!! Sorry it’s probably not cool to be star struck, but I am!! You can tell by all the!!!!!
This lovely exhibition is on until 5th November. Other artists exhibiting in the show are David Binns and Annie Tortora.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Two days in London overdosing on art, design and craft;
'Portraits in the Making' was great - a fantastic eclectic mix of work in the beautiful setting of the Pitzhanger House and Gallery. I loved when walking around the house how some of the objects starkly stood out of place in their setting, while others sat quietly as if they had always been there and would always be there. Those objects were harder to spot as they were so relaxed in their setting. In both circumstances the objects demanded attention and were inviting you to respond to them.
The 'Power of Making' was very interesting and heaving!! Great to see so many people visiting the exhibition though, especially all the younger audiences. Hopefully getting inspired and hooked on materials and making!! I felt the display of work was celebrating the extremes of making, showing people how far the material could be stretched and how far the artists are willing to push it. It reminded me of the ostentatiousness of The Great Exhibition in 1851. There were so many eclectic and outrageously over the top objects on display, showing off the technology we had available at the time. Never mind whether we needed a 50 blade penknife, with technology we could make one and we would make one. The ‘Power of Making’ showed the extreme possibilities of materials and making and hopefully will lead to a new generation of makers who are excited to explore the qualities of those materials and their uses. I was a bit surprised how small the exhibition was though and it meant not everything was covered and was very disappointed there was nothing about ceramics, which I thought was a bit strange! The best bit was the videos of people, playing up on the walls on big screens, real intense close-up shots of people in the moment of making. There was one where a group of men were sitting in a circle hammering in unison a metal bowl, while one man spun the wheel it was turning on. It was mind blowing that these 6 people could work in unison to shape the bowl, it was like watching a human machine turning, absolutely stunning!! None of the men wore shoes and how they didn't miss the bowl and batter their feet is beyond me!
My highlight was the stunning and hugely comprehensive display of ceramics on the 6th floor of the V & A - totally awe inspiring!! And as usual there's just not enough hours in the day, one of these days I am going to camp out in that room for at least a month!! Another treat was the beautifully curated display of religious relics and reliquaries in the 'Treasures of Heaven' exhibition at the British Museum, very atmospheric and definitely worth a visit.
And to top it all a fantastic two hours spent engulfed in all the fabulous talent at the Origin preview night - shattered now!!
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
The 'grafika' exhibition started this week at the RBSA Craft Gallery in Birmingham. It is a selection of makers who explore mark-making, graphics and illustration within their work, whether it be jewellery or ceramics. Amongst other pieces of my work 'the cracked pot' was selected for the exhibition.
Having previously studied graphic design I have always been inspired by type, so it seemed very natural to express myself using words on my ceramic wares. I was also inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony and had been looking for stories and poetry to write onto my porcelain teacups, when I came across an old Indian tale about a cracked pot. A water bearer in India carried two water pots from the stream to his master’s house, but one of the pots had a crack and leaked. The perfect pot was proud of itself perfect for which it was made. The cracked pot on the other hand was ashamed of himself and apologised to the bearer for its failure. The water bearer responded with;
“Did you not notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path........that’s because I have always known about your flaw.............I planted flower seeds on your side of the path and everyday while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them.”
Monday, 25 April 2011
Monday, 4 April 2011
Sunday, 13 March 2011
I have been busy building my home studio therefore I haven't been very creative of late, but after being commissioned to make some porcelain birds I picked up my pencil and paintbrush (for the first time in a very long time). I started drawing a robin which got me thinking of the William Blake poem - Auguries of Innocence;
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
I am usually driven by the need to express myself with clay, which may come from an idea within or something I have read or seen. But with these lidded vessels I have been driven by the making process. After sitting on the wheel trying to improve my throwing skills I just wondered if I could make a lid to fit a cup (after having placed a circular brooch onto a cup and thinking it looked good!) I made about 20 or so different shaped vessels with varying lid styles. Usually I love not having a plan when I am on the wheel, working quite freely but with these vessels I was having to concentrate very hard and measure precisely (not me at all!)
I threw this bottle in two halves and attached together before turning on the wheel. It allowed me to make a larger vessel than normal but my aim is to generally get throwing on a larger scale.
New brooches that have essentially been inspired by my bottles with silk thread and bead detail. Quite excited by this new work and think there is plenty of room for improvement and development.
Giant porcelain and earthenware button brooches with inlaid flower detail and silk thread