A preview of something new—call them one off pieces if you will. I’ve been making predominantly functional ceramics for the past three years, simple vases are about as decorative as I’ve got so far, these, on the other hand haven’t been made with function in mind. They serve simply as a vessel, a term that is often overlooked and thought of badly by many potters. Before I started making ceramics I thought my career might lead into graphic design of some kind, I certainly haven’t lost that interest. Graphic imagery and photography have become very much integral to my craft and means of promotion as of late. Something was lost in my work due to it’s simplicity in form and surface, a sense of ‘play’ and a means of creating marks and the answer is simple. It’s quite incredible what difference a discrete line can make. Not only does it create work that is more sculptural, but it opens up a whole new domain, combinations of lines, crossing, intersecting, parallel to one another, following the forms of the pots or contrasting against them. I’ve only made a handful of these and the process itself was enough to draw me completely in.
Firing and glazing these will create a vastly different object than what’s on show here. The idea with the sharp lines is to create regions for the glaze to break on and pool. Rims of pots coated with the darkest green often split on sharp edges to reveal glorious metallic browns and my white glaze cuts to a grey, almost black hue. I’m hoping these marks will encourage the same effect to happen. I’m yet to fire any, so time will tell and I’m feverishly excited, it’s new ground, finally.
I’ve had quite a formal training when it comes to pottery, and while making usable pots is something I love doing, this adds something else altogether. I don’t want to be a potter trapped making functional pots forever when there’s so much more to the craft than continually making utilitarian work. Spending an afternoon carefully creating these vessels was the most riveting and terrifying moment I’ve had in the pottery for months; and it was induced by a measly coil of clay.