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I am very please to announce that my work will be exhibited as part of the "Sculpture and Ceramics Exhibition" at the Royal Opera Arcade Galley, Pall Mall, London later in July 2018.
More Information to follow -
Images just a flavour of what is to come.....
Back in August I entered the Offenhouse Summer Exhibition and all 4 pieces of my work were accepted. Over the next couple on months they will be publishing an interview with me.
I've had some great feedback and interest about Salvage Ware.
You can see more of my work on my Pintrest Gallery.
A day out at the seaside, take the dog for a walk on the beach, a break from the pottery, no clay............. I don't think so.............!
Fraisthorpe beach, near Bridlington - lovely wide sandy beach, lots of space for our dog to run, not many people, wild North Sea and low clay cliffs.
Did I say CLAY cliffs"?
Yes - that would be the boulder clay, formed by deposition from melting glaciers and ice sheets and containing many pebbles, stones and boulders. Now there's a challenge............
So after collecting several pocketful's of loose clay (brought down by ongoing coastal erosion) and some sand and sea glass, I returned to the studio -
Construction of coil pot, smoothing & decorating with marks made with sea glass.
Fired pots with transparent glaze and sea glass melted in the bottom of each.
A Good Day at the Beach.
Back in September of last year I was approached by members of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society (YPS) who were working with the York Museums Trust on a joint initiative to install a walk-on geological map in Museum Gardens, York. The map represented the Yorkshire section of William Smith's 1815 map (the first ever geological map of a whole country) in the form of a visually-stunning 4m x 4m pebble mosaic. As part on the project they were looking for an innovative way to display the different types of clays involved.
Over the following weeks I produced several versions of the clay map, showing different geological features. (Differences in colour due to drying and lighting...)
The bisque firing was successful, however several attempts at the glaze firing proved more problematic...... although the clay was lovely to work with, it wouldn't have been my first choice for this type and scale of project. The shrinkage on the clay was magnified by the large size of the map and its requirement to be fired in one piece.
However, after discussions with the YPS team it was decided that the "mosaic" quality of the piece would fit in well with the overall theme of the pebble mosaic map.
A second sample of clay (boulder clay) provided a further challenge as it contained many stones of different sizes and types. To prepare this clay it had to be dispersed in water, and then the stones sieved out. I was then able to create a large shallow bowl from the sieved clay, which has fired to a rich chocolate brown. The sieved residue, an interesting range of stones, will be set in resin in the bowl when it is displayed along with the map in the Museum Gardens in York.
Earlier in the year I was invited to contribute to the Secret Life feature in the East Riding of Yorkshire's Journal magazine.
It was an interesting article and certainly made me think.
Last month a phographer came over to the studio to take some photos for the article.
...........and here I am in the March edition of The Journal.
Workshops & Classes for Adults & Children.