View Image Gallery Maggie Barnes(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1423 867401 Email: Web: www.maggiebarnes.co.uk
The porcelain white work represents a personal response to a life-long interest in marine life and palaeontology, rooted in childhood explorations with my fisherman father along the Yorkshire Coast.
Porcelain is initially without form or colour; a smooth, fine textured material providing a blank surface on which to record interpretations. Many years ago it was chosen as the most appropriate medium to create the character of this part of my practice. With patience and appropriate tools it’s possible to work the material to extremes. Rims and edges can be shaved to eggshell thinness whilst leather hard, then transformed by the fire to translucent blades of incredible lightness – an impossibility with stoneware.
Bones, shells and fossils all illustrate qualities of both fragility and strength; as does porcelain. However, the aim has never been to copy Nature. Porcelain allows me to create items that evoke, and hopefully capture, something of the essence of the original source(s) of inspiration
Work in progress currently follows two trends; small hand-built sculptures in "Ice" porcelain, and porcelain paper-clay tiles and panels; these are decorated using pure porcelain slips.
In 2012 colour, in the form of stained porcelain, was re-introduced as a second strand to studio production. An Arts Council Research Grant enabled an in-depth period of study into the Japanese technique, Nerikomi. As a result, the practice now includes a body of items illustrating a long term fascination with pattern. Though practice output is still informed by the natural world, this recent exploration has expanded the use of pattern, and works referencing textiles are beginning to emerge, signposting a refreshed fourth decade of studio development.
I continue to use Australian “Southern Ice” porcelain for its extreme clarity and whiteness, and because it marries well with 100% cotton fibres to produce a high quality paper-clay which also has a significant role within certain aspects of my current practice.
White work is fired to 1260˚and coloured work to 1240˚ both oxidised
Arts Council Research & Development Grant: 2010 - 2012
In the spring of 2010 Maggie Barnes was awarded an Arts Council Research & Development Grant. The intention was to mark 30 years of practice by re-visiting a technique she’d experimented with 20 years earlier whilst living and working in Germany.
Monograph: Maggie Barnes, R & D Project 2010 - 2012
I have watched Maggie as she has progressed through the past two years of Research and Development and these are my observations of that process.
History and Major Exhibitions
1976-1979 Harrogate College of Art and Design - Studio Ceramics
2000 - EUROPEAN CERAMICS at the Yorkshire Museum
2005 - North Yorkshire Open Studios - launch events at Skipton Castle and The Folly - Settle
2008 - Monochrome Co-curator with artist Debbie Loane at the Lund Gallery
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Last Updated: 2012-09-05