This month Eastgate gallery in Totnes opened a new exhibition: Soaring Above is open until 14th November and features work by a number of artists, including some brand new ceramics which I delivered a couple of weeks ago.
This ceramic egg vessel inspired by a gorgeous egg found on one of my lockdown walks is on sale at Eastgate gallery.
I have also been preparing work for a very exciting project at the gallery at Tremenheere near Penzance.
I was recently invited to be part of a group called Tera Mater and this is their exhibition. The group’s main concerns are the escalating and alarming issues of global warming, climate change, biodiversity loss, water and air pollution and deforestation. These issues are very close to my own heart and I am really excited to be participating in Germination which opens on the 14th November for 2 weeks.
Work for this exhibition is beginning to emerge from the kiln. It has been a very interesting time of experimenting. I have been firing clay with seeds embedded in it and germinating, I have been allowing germinating seeds to interact with vessels distorting them prior to firing and I have been planting a forest in porcelain cylinders with found local clays mixed into them. If you happen to be in Cornwall please try to visit the exhibition – which will be putting in place all necessary procedures to keep everyone safe. If you cannot visit in person, you can still pop online and see what is happening or you can follow progress on Facebook or Instagram.
My most recent commission began with an email but it could have been someone filling in the contact form on my website or, back in the pre Covid era, it might have been a conversation at a craft fair. But the journey begins.
Someone is looking for a unique way of saying something.
Porcelain lasts for generations and has always been linked to ideas of value and beauty. The idea of immortalising a place and combining it with these messages is special. They get in touch.
We discuss the person, the celebration and the place, we talk time scales and budgets. We think about shape and groupings – one piece or several? What will work in the space they have in mind?
They might send me photos of the location. They definitely send me a small freezer bag of soil.
This is the important part.
Dig deep. Don’t send me your best garden soil, wriggling with microbes and full of leaf mould. Organic matter burns in the kiln and if there is too much, the finished piece might be full of holes!
I need the subsoil – what lies beneath. It might look like rubbish to Monty Don but to me it is gold! This is what contains the minerals which will colour your bowl. This is what identifies the place.
I ask for a deposit of £50 at this stage. Once I receive it I will test your soil. I will make trial pieces and check for chalk or limestone which, if present, I have to remove. Once I am happy I will let you know that we are ready for the ‘main make’ and will confirm shapes and sizes.
I will keep you informed throughout the project and will send you photos at several stages.
A map or a line of text can work well but it can be too much. Sometimes the piece works better without adornment. I can print your images onto transparent film and try them before we make the final decision.
When the work is finished I will send you images to check that you are content. Then I will invoice you. Finally, I will pack your beautiful, unique, personal artwork using biodegradable wrapping and recycled packaging and pop it in the post.
I love making unique pieces for people to incorporate their special memories and personal stories. I can’t wait to get started on yours!
If you would like to commission me please get in touch via email or my contact form. You can also buy a gift certificate which lets the recipient make all the decisions for themselves.