Porcelain is a challenging material to work with particularly when
thrown finely but it rewards the meticulous craftsman with translucency
and a fine smooth surface. This translucency adds depth to a glaze and
softens the boundary between the exterior and interior of a form.
Whilst the polished surface has a seductive, almost sensual quality.
The vessels I throw must be subtle and elegant in their own right with translucency then enhancing and strengthening these qualities. This is further accented by the delicate glazes used on the interiors.
Surface textures were originally inspired by naturally occurring translucency - leaves, waves, cobwebs etc. Over time many of these have been abstracted beyond easy recognition.
Work generally available from:
Unique vessels thrown using Audrey Blackman porcelain with an initial wall thickness of between 2-3 mm, these walls are then water etched using shellac as a mask. Bisque-fired to 1000 deg. C and sanded, then glazed and fired in an electric kiln to 1280 deg. C. Following this there is a final sanding with wet and dry paper.
Born in 1958.After twenty years of sweating in kitchens I touched clay for the first time in 1996 and became hooked.Since then a BA (Hons) in Applied Arts followed in 2000 with a workshop and a full time career in 2003.