Tuesday, December 15, 2009
A lovely far away friend saw this photo on Flickr and asked to buy it which was very nice. Then my teacher asked me to enter it into a local art competition in the Gold Coast show and it won 3rd prize in its class! And then my college celebrated it on their website! And then the Dean of my college commissioned me to make a set for the college collection! Before all of these lovely things happened, a photography student took some wonderful shots of my work including this particular set, one of which was sent to this magazine and was published as part of a ceramics educational survey!
Thats a lot of positive feedback from one little set of pots!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Artist Statement -
This work is loosely inspired by the children’s’ book ‘The Door in the Air’ by Margaret Mahy. For this concept I created some illustrations that I wanted to transfer onto ceramics. The key characters throughout these 3 illustrations are a young trapeze artist and an enchanted prince. For me, the girl in the story represents our desires for freedom, whereas the boy symbolises captivity. The prince needed the circus girl to rescue him; as we all need to be at some time in our lives.
As with much of my work, I was influenced by the style of Gustav Klimt. I have recently been admiring his lithograph designs, as the bold, clear art nouveau lines are simply beautiful. The element in my current work that reflects this is my female characters’ hair; over sized, organic shaped masses of swirling lines.
Slip cast stoneware vases with coloured relief work decoration. Clear glaze inside.
Slab built stoneware vase with underglaze and gold lustre decoration.
Slab built stoneware bowl with underglaze and gold lustre decoration.
Slip cast stoneware bowls with underglaze decoration.
Monday, June 01, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The actual space itself; full of ceramic underglazes, paintbrushes, clay tools (mainly the oh-so-useful needle), and my wallet to pay the coffee lady!
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That base colour is actually purple, it looks very blue in this photo.
More relief work.
This is an old design of mine that I rekindled...looks kinda cute I reckon.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Sydney artist Del Kathryn Barton creates obsessively detailed drawings of young women. Adorned and embellished with flourishes, tiny dots and patterns, these images display a compulsive beauty in their infinite detail. With technical dexterity, Barton’s labour of markings in pencil, acrylic, watercolour and gouache derive from a foundation in drawing.
The most striking feature of her characters must be their eyes; puddle-sized, liquid, shiny, deer-like eyes that are dizzying and saddened, swimming amongst the wash of watercolour cheeks. When asked about this aspect of her work, Barton says it was all to do with the birth of her first child and her obsession with her new born son’s eyes.
Sexuality also enters upon her work frequently. Her intention is not to shock, as these sexual images are not always the most startling part of her paintings and are often painted in such a delicate, beautiful way, it can take a few minutes of study to actually see them. Barton uses the sexual content as a means to push her personal comfort levels.
Klimt’s primary subject was the female body – more specifically the femme fatale - and his works are marked by a frank eroticism which is most apparent in his numerous drawings in pencil. He used mythology to thinly disguise his highly erotic nature, however, his drawings and sketches however display an explicit desire for the opposite sex and often reveal a purely sexual interest in women as objects.