Vessels are female. There is no doubting it in my mind. Bowls, vases, the shapes simply lend themselves to curves and rounds. Receptacles, the word describes a receiver. Both these things I have added together to give my work it’s current direction.
Every year begins with quiet, starts to gather pace and the big bang firework display is Christmas! Then the quiet returns. In that quiet time my head feels the purity and out come extremes of experimentation. January became the time when I was pushing my wheel technique to throw as tall and thin as possible. These vases became the “Tall & Thin” series. I played with the opposite extreme I could muster to the previous vase I had made. Half way through the “Tall & Thin” series, which until then had been fairly abstract, the vases became dancers (“Flamenco Dancer”) or entirely representative pieces.
February I really felt the urge to go back to the drawing board. I wanted the contrast to become more evident of made art and imagination to drawn from life. I discovered the most fabulous drawing group I have ever encountered, Draw Brighton (more about them later), which I booked and went to with appetite. My answer to marrying the contrasts I had set out for myself was to throw bowls, the art bit, and take them to draw and paint life models directly onto them. Some of them were stunning in their simplicity, others took on further imaginative work once home. I named this next phase “Red Feb” – red alluded to the colour of the clay I was using – terracotta for its earthy tones.