One of two larger individual vessels made in my last batch of my own work at Maze Hill Pottery. Perhaps my favourite of the lot, I had the tendency to place this dark green nearest the burners as they could handle the heat best, this means some have surfaces perhaps more molten than I’d like, gathering on the waist and throwing off the shape. It held here, retaining a strong, sharp shape. On a larger scale the attached coils of clay don’t move nearly as much, it appears as straight as it was when freshly joined.
This style of work was something I only really touched on towards my final days with a studio and kilns accessible, whenever I look back through my photographs I yearn to be back just to make another group. Upon finishing my ceramics training in Ireland and starting my apprenticeship with Lisa Hammond I went from practicing my own work everyday to not at all, it really felt like my train of thought had slammed on the brakes and I almost feel like that again as I start my brief apprenticeship in Japan; I’m already almost a month into it, time is flying as the days become almost indistinguishable from one another.
In a way looking back through my library of pictures to select and write about each day is keeping my head with it, with this body of work, I imagine had I completely disconnected from it for six months I’d find it much harder to reengage with it once sat back on the wheel. I had wanted to set some time to properly write something more substantial whilst in Japan but the hours mean I don’t get much time away from it all. These daily posts are perfect in a way as each works as an individual essay, there’s no committing to pages and chapters, but it’s still very much on my mind and I finally think I’ve worked out a narrative for it.