Landscape Inspired Work

Smooth and heavily grogged clays are mixed with paper, perlite, grits and various oxides and stains. The process of making is playful, pushing the boundaries to see what will survive the harsh stoneware firing, what will fuse, melt, blister, warp or crack. The ‘grid’ pieces embed found clay fragments which emerge from layered forms echoing the process of baking and the geology of landscape. I have never refused donations of dried hard clay from friends over the years and these recycled materials are reinvigorated to produce exciting clay bodies. The wall works, slab and coil pots also use this bold mix of unlikely combined materials. There are three main elements to this current body of work:   Grid reference, Sedimentary specimens and Fragment pots.   Each element is described on its own page, below.  Click on each page to see more.

Grid reference
Grid reference is a formal grid structure of individual blocks of layered clay with found ceramic fragments embedded. Arranged together, they form a large plinth top work.
Sedimentary specimens
Sedimentary specimens are a series of wall pieces with texture and colour, referencing moorland pathways.
Fragment pots
Fragment pots are of varying sizes often made and displayed as pairs or groups. They are constructed from a variety of clays, coloured with stains and oxides plus the addition of groggs, paper, twigs and sand. The clays are joined and layered suggesting strata.
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