Individual slab built matt glazed stoneware boxes, wallpieces and vessel forms fired in an electric kiln.
Rope Walk Gallery : Northern Fire - ceramics
October 25, 2014 to November 30, 2014
Black stoneware clay with white matt glaze and textured handbuilding clay with matt cobalt glaze. Also decorative porcelain spoons. Fired to 1260 in an electric kiln.
For many years I made wheel thrown domestic ceramics and a small amount of handbuilt work. I now only make slab built work.
My current handbuilt work reflects several areas of interest – West African adobe architecture and architectural details, working with black clay, making boxes and experimenting with surface textures. The other strand is indigo blue work exploring and exploiting the clay surface.
Several years ago I saw a photographic exhibition by James Morris of West African adobe architecture and was fascinated. This and the accompanying book, Butabu: West African Adobe Architecture, has been a source of inspiration for me ever since. I incorporate details into my work from windows, grilles, surface textures and supporting timbers which protrude from buildings to enable repairs to be made to the adobe.
I have been working with black clay for about three years and really like the denseness of colour I can achieve. Surfaces are treated by scraping and pressing or rolling various textured objects/surfaces onto the clay. I then use a matt white glaze to enhance textural detail, linear designs and the blackness of the clay.
I use a wider selection of found objects and textures to exploit the clay surface for my indigo blue work, which is then glazed with the same matt white glaze as the black clay but with the addition of cobalt washes.