Looking forward to seeing some of you at this year’s Art Gaucin, on the last weekend of May and the first weekend of June. My studio is in my garden now and can be accessed via my back gate at 15 Calle Cañada Real.
Here is some work in progress:
This is my reaction to the bull-on-the-rope thing they do here on Easter Sunday…
At: Bath School of Art and Design, Sion Hill, Bath BA1 5SF.
On: Saturday 20th September to Wednesday 24th September from 10.00 am to 5pm.
So thrilled – Lark Crafts publication 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2. is going to include a pic of my Holburne piece ‘Harvest’. The book comes out in Feb 2014.
Please come and visit my open studio, which is part of the Larkhall Festival on 4th, 5th and 6th May 2013. You can read about it here:
I am sharing the event with Sarah Martin, who is completing a BA in ceramics this year.
I look forward to seeing you!
Here is an example of my latest work.
This is why I made it:
I enjoy the quiet, contemplative qualities inherent in working with clay. My work at present focuses on my everyday life and what it means to me – in particular how everyday things and events, which may seem banal on the surface, actually offer a wealth of meaning and experience if approached in a contemplative, mindful way.
To this end I have decided to produce a series of drawings of the various things that interest or concern me in my daily life. Recently I produced some drawings relating to domestic animals, and in particular the various dogs I encounter. Using ink and wet paper, I have tried to produce images that quickly capture the essence of the subject. Then I use these images as a resource to produce ceramics, trying to capture the same swiftness of line. The vessel in this photo isn’t particularly successful, because it is perhaps a little too sentimental, but I hope it may give an idea of what I’m trying to create. And perhaps it is right that it is sentimental, because this is my dog and I love her a surprising amount. Of course she is a substitute for my sons, the elder of whom is dead and the younger of whom is now an Angry Young Man who says I should learn to live without him. So this rather trite image actually contains several layers of meaning.
When I use these images it is important to me to create functional ceramic objects, which can become part of everyday life. I use one of these vessels and I think, ‘this is my life, this is my world’ and it creates a small moment of mindfulness; and I hope I can offer this moment to the other people who may use my work. I want these vessels to be part of a meal so they offer nourishment not just to me but to whoever uses them.
I suppose I am trying to ‘erase the line between art and life’ (Glen Adamson’s quote) . My work is hand-made, and I want it to look hand-made and not as though it comes from Ikea, by exhibiting the quirks of the hands that made it. But I hope this does not convey the idea of a debased craft – instead, I would like to honour my work with clay because I hope it offers an honest reference to the human condition and my place within it.