My work investigates the vessel as an abstract form and draws on my research into traditional pottery making and firing techniques of village India. The quintessential round bottomed pot form is designed to sit on a mud floor or on a three- pronged cooking stove. I have adopted its qualities of balancing on a tiny point where it sits on a flat surface, enabling it to rock from side to side without falling over as it comes back to its centre of gravity. The form is both vulnerable and secure. The composite pieces also reference contemporary urban structures such as buildings, walls and bridges, exploring tension and balance where the two forms are placed together. They are not static and invite interaction through repositioning into new arrangements and compositions. The visually perceived weight is ambiguous as all works have internal volume through their double walls.
Pieces are handbuilt using slabbing, press moulding & coiling processes. The surface is burnished & bisque fired to 840centigrade, then sanded and re-fired to 1050centigrade. Clay is a mixture of Porcelain & Stoneware – sometimes mixed with organic material which fires out to give a pitted surface – to be later inlaid with a mixture of lime and oxide. This is followed by smoke firing in a saggar with various resists and combustibles.
Sizes range from 10 – 50cm diameter and from 9 – 40cm high
Prices range from £100 – £1800 & packing and carriage.
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I also combine studio work with writing. (see publications) Smoke Fired Pottery (1995 A∓C Black), Traditional Pottery of India (2000 A&C Black), Naked Clay (2004 A∓C Black) Smoke Firing contemporary artists and approaches (2008 A∓C Black)