WORK IN PROGRESS &
I like to share updates on the latest pieces I am working on, how I am approaching the challenge and decisions of the process.
I use a coiling method to build my sculptures' core form. The clay I use has a very high malachite content, so very low shrinkage, and it will forgive details being added throughout its 'plastic' phase. I often finish a piece by burnishing (seen here with a shot glass!) and then I wax the final fired work.
As well as coiling I also 'sketch' with the clay, freely carving, moving and stretching pieces and slabs. In this method, the clay embodies the free movement of the intention set when working with it, freeing itself from the statuesque solidity of a coiled vessel.
The focus of my practice is on creating abstracted blends of human figures with formal pottery forms. I’m interested in ideas around feminist occupation of traditional territories and using abstraction to caricature societal ideals of women and their bodies. I also like to challenge the ideas around how all people enjoy the human form in a way that is joyful, meaningful and not necessarily sexualised. The pieces are intended to have a gentle honesty, which suggest movement but not violence. The existence of the work as a vessel is crucial to the intention of the self as a 'container' - conveying ideas around women as carriers for society's ills and wishes, expectations and fears.