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Inspiration


As a ceramicist, I design and make tableware objects inspired by locations.
My aim is to capture the atmosphere a site transmits to me, seeking its character and identity by combining making processes with the materials I collect from the place.

 

Process & Skills


I consider making techniques and the materials I work with of equal importance when referencing a location - when incorporated, they complement each other, creating surface features recalling the place I am inspired by. Malleability of clay and natural flow of slip within slip casting processes, enable me to recreate the landscape features while adding materials such as soils, sands and pebbles.

I turn forms resembling bottle shapes, jars and plates in plaster on the lathe and whirler, then cast them into 1, 2 and 3 part moulds. I use the moulds to experiment unconventional slip casting, aimed at recalling features from the locations I work with.Addition of pertinent found materials is resolved both during and after slip casting. Larger inclusions, such as small stones, pebbles and large grains of sand, are easily included during the casting process. Smaller items, such as very fine sand grains and soil particles, can be more successfully added at a later stage, through glazing processes on bisque fired objects. As a flux, pre-mixed glazes facilitate the melting potential of the natural materials, increasing the fusing capacities related to the materials’ geology.Unpredictability of materials involved throughout testing and resolution, feed my practice on a daily basis, where making builds upon skill and mistakes are treated as understanding.

 

Outcomes


A combination of both industrial and craft skills, create individuality within each object of the range, allocating the final product with both a functional and ornamental purpose. Material delicacy and handmade elements however, place my work within the higher trade fields, while narrative background allow it to be viewed within a gallery context also.