I have a large shell in the bathroom and I was taken by the way light passes through it. Its translucency is similar to that of porcelain. The growth rings draw a parallel with growth rings in a tree and the apparent layers Within a core sample. I really liked the way the striations were highlighted in the thickness of material and wondered how or if this might translate into porcelain core layers.
Enquiry for exhibition in Bath results in an October show! "We are an artist collective with members that have exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally. In November 2016 we came together to present a group show entitled ‘Workman’. Following the call out to artists for the Fringe Arts Bath festival, we are keen to bring our exhibition (in part or whole) to be part of the Flux event. The themes explored by our artists resonate with themes identified in the Flux call
As a child I head a rumour about a pottery which once existed in my village. Five years ago I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum and Was astonished to find examples of the pottery which originated from my village. When making enquiries about the pottery or about its location , very few people seemed to know it ever existed. With a little research I discovered that the Queen has a dining service produced from my village. This all heightened my interest in ceramics generall
So, I am experimenting with some of the organics I have collected within clay. I have a variety of plant material , but also pills no longer needed. I have seen shells burnt out of ceramic pieces of work and therefore it follows that calcium or chalks in tablets could work In the same way .
I have collected ash from fires made by a local conservation group who have coppiced willow. I am really drawn to the standing 'figures' and there is a correlation between these rings , stone rings and the proportions I am considering for my own work. I have also collected seed heads from the reed beds here.
I have been toying with a multitude of ideas about organic matter to include and test for burnout. Since I am not currently working within a business environment it felt cathartic to attempt to include a shirt, a symbolic act perhaps but with serious connotations to aspects of my life. I knew in order to throw with the elements of the shirt then it would need to broken down into smaller pieces so I thought I would try to use a garden shredder to do this task. Sadly the machin
Selection of mining images from the village of my childhood courtesy of the Alfreton & District Heritage Trust. Collected 9-18th March The earlier pieces of work produced during RIPU focused on the mining industry and historical references pertaining to the landscape. I found these images intriguing and wondered if they may take me somewhere further with the work.
I have an emerging issue in that the work seems to be developing different threads, all interlinked and difficult to cover the considerations of the learning agreement without including what I am discovering about the other threads as they feed in and out of each other. I) I have an enquiry about organic burnout within a clay body II) I am following a path of discovery with regards to family and local histories and how that might relate to the work III) I am learning about ne