Wisdom

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.

For art lovers everywhere

Open Studios

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

Figurehead: girl

‘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.