My latest piece has been a long time in making. The finishing of wisdom is, as one might expect, a slow process! But in all seriousness, the qualities in this ancient moustachioed man really touches something about the nature of wisdom.
This piece explores the societal expectations that accompany traditions of knowledge and wisdom.
It presents the archetype of a single man, supporting his head with his dominant hand. The head and the mouth are hollow vessels, containing and expressing infinite knowledge. The moustache, in the form of a generous blue bow on an enlarged white glazed mouth, is a symbol of male societal traditions in beauty, age and rank.
The figure emerged through the ‘making first’ technique; taking a piece of clay and making without directing thought or expectation. Surface decoration is with contrasting slips and glazes and are fully developed at 1260°C. In particular, the gloss blue and white of the mouth and moustache speak to the large historical catalogue of blue and white ceramics.
A man made by a woman is a significant: it refers more widely to a movement towards healing and wholeness that is central to my practice.
The move to the new studio feels more complete now I have a doorstop! It feels like the great punctuation mark in the flow of my practice and moment to reflect on which step to take next.
There has now been a solid 9 months of making in the new space and the Open Studios was a great way to open up to the world and welcome it in. I am glad to say the ‘world’ visited!
Much of my making is directed by intuition and the last 9 months has been happy conversation between tableware and figurative sculpture. I realise now on a personal level that the tableware has been a process of homemaking, literally moving in and finding function for the new space. The result is a bold quality and function combined, which, as a thrower, is a subject I return to again and again. It has really worked well. Now I feel more able to focus on the making of figurative work which is in many ways more demanding but much more rewarding for it.
Happy Saturday folks!
A little detail of one of my #thrown #handmade #stoneware #ceramic #bowls #tableware #Herts #HertsOpenStudios #yellow #white #turquoise #Pink £345
I am really looking forward to welcoming you to my new studio space. It has been a big inspiration in creating the new work and it would be a huge pleasure to welcome you to the place where it was made.
Open Studios is part of a month long season of open studios under the auspices of Herts Visual Arts. Hertfordshire is a large county so there is lots to see. Click on the link below to see the full online brochure. I am venue 23, Barnet and North London.
Open Studios Showcase
I am also a selected artist for the Open Studios Showcase on 30 September at St Albans Museum and Gallery. This is great opportunity to buy work and to take part in a ‘make and take’ drop-in activity to experience the wonder and immediacy of making with clay.
Bring yourself and other art-lovers to the studio on 8 and 15 September and to St Albans on 30 September.
HVA open studios online brochure
It is here! Herts Open Studios is less than a month away.
I will be opening my studio on 8 and 15 September 11.30am – 5pm on each day. I am location number 23 in the brochure (page 14).
Entry is free entry and it is a great opportunity to see and buy latest work from my studio. The whole of Hertfordshire is also on show, with regional trails in the following areas:
Slightly obsessed with tea bowls at the moment. Happy with these colour combinations: looking forward to setting these up for individual shots.
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Couldn’t resist this shot; decoration done and ready for the clear glaze. These pieces are in the kiln. Check back in two days for a results.
Happy to announce that the next Open Studios will be in September. I have joined forces with Herts Visual Arts, bringing together the amazing range of artists that live and work in Hertfordshire. I will be open on 8 and 15 September 11.30am – 5pm. New work will be on show and there is an opportunity to buy direct (works from £150).
This promises to be an inspiring month with a great depth of Hertfordshire’s artistic talent on show throughout. Hertfordshire is a large county so there will be a lovely thick booklet to whet the appetite and to keep everybody engrossed for the whole month. I will be listed as ‘Enterprise Arts’, and will be showing with a colleague, Hilary Kidd, who works with mixed media 2d photography and print. See more of her work at www.hilarykidd.com.
Register your interest by contacting me via the contact page to receive the brochure but watch social media for updates and developments: #hertsopenstudios