‘Figurehead: Girl’ is a piece connected with with ships figureheads and the concepts of youth, beauty, function and feminine power.
The figure emerged through the ‘making first’ technique; taking a piece of clay and making without directing thought or expectation. Surface decoration is with a very light porcelain pink glaze that travels across the surface of the clay during firing to produce a toasted look. The glaze is fully developed at 1260°C. Her gaze is at the far distance. The head is a solid piece of ceramic and sits on a brass disc, supported by a solid wax plinth which is itself supported by a copper disc. All of these materials are connected with square riggers and ships figureheads.
She is an expression of the youthful feminine.