An exhibition of work by members of the East Riding Artists (ERA) entitled Layers of Meaning is currently being held at the Triton Gallery, Sledmere House, East Yorkshire.
Work is in many mediums but all takes its inspiration from the archaeology and history of the Wolds and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
I have 3 pieces in the exhibition.
Two replica Torksey Ware jugs.
Jugs such as these would have been used during the 10th century to store a variety of liquids, their handles allowing them to be suspended from roof beams out of the way of vermin etc. and allowing evaporation through their unglazed surfaces to keep the contents cool.
I have simply smoke fired to the first to replicate the smoke blackened appearance of an original and the other is glazed in blue and white to echo the blue and white china (Willow pattern?) that was found in many farm houses across the Wolds..
My third piece is entitled Social Trauma and is a hand coiled vessel in a generic Dark Age style pierced by an arrow shot from a long bow - Society needs stability to flourish, war and conflict harm that stability. The arrow piercing the ceramic pot harms the fabric of the vessel and its ability to function as intended. Communities have lived on the Wolds for generations, through periods of stability and periods of conflict.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 20th September 2015.
I took part in the Stafford Castle Magna Carter Celebration event on 16th August and on arrival found I was pictured on their 'big' advertising banner.....
......... which is now on the wall in the studio :)
A really great day - no rain - lots of visitors who made lots of pots and very helpful staff.
I'm running a series of pottery workshops at Kingfisher Place, Selby for clients with a range of learning disabilities and complex needs.
The clients are producing textured slabs of clay which I will then make up in to candle holders in a variety of forms.
Over the course of 3 workshops clients will be using objects representing materials used in the construction and furnishing of Selby Abbey. The first workshop concentrated on objects made from stone and metal.
Once competed and simply glazed, the candle holders will be displayed at Selby Abbey as part of the Jorvik Medieval Festival.