Happened across a rabbit carcass on my daily dog walk and considered using it in my work....Working with others in a studio setting has made me consider twice what I may well have just done if I worked on the ceramics at home! Interesting what social conventions do to your actions!!
Along with the locational collecting I have been making, I have been collecting other things too. I have been collecting receipts and used lottery tickets for the same purpose-to fire out of the clay. (Receipts for things purchased, lottery tickets as failed attempts to accrue money raising questions again about wealth and society and chance) Again there are obvious general personal links, but my mother is addicted (although she would argue not) to the lottery, so in a sense
I arranged a meeting with Nicki Darell from the Anglian potters association to discuss local clays and she told me to look for road names with brick or kiln or both in the title as there would be a source of local clay nearby. We also discussed Lowestoft and the clay production there and the availability of clay at Happisburgh.
Some of the best ideas sketched on a ..... Jan has worked as a Fine art lecturer both at Fe and He level, most recently as an Associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University. She is currently working as a freelance facilitator offering mentoring to graduates. Currently she is vice Chair of OVADA, (Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency), co director of The China Shop Gallery and Director of the Workshop Studios. Jan is also a member of the ceramic studio I run and I arran
As I was attempting to work larger, the work called to mind shapes and styles of Pinxton Pottery and I began to think about the social worth of clay. How , in like any industry there is a massive social difference from one side of the factory floor to the other. As part of the experimentation to see how large I could throw I considered a more traditional shape to attempt like the work seen of Pinxton pottery.
It quickly became obvious that I Wouldn't be able to throw clay that contained larger pieces of material. When throwing clay with just air or a spot of dry clay within it, it throws the pot off centre or causes a twist and instability . I therefore made a Conscious decision to temporarily shift away slightly and from the learning agreement but start to see how large 'I' could throw without any clay body additions.