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.