Feet of Clay

‘When we were very young’ – ceramic shoe installation.   I made my first ‘feet of clay’ for a project during my ceramic diploma course.  The work was entitled ‘Shoes for the Cobbler’s Daughter’ and was based on the saying ‘A  cobbler’s children often go barefoot’.  The piece consisted of a series of girl’s shoes – started but unfinished – … Read More

Tilly

‘Curation’ – ‘Tilly’ – Found object assemblage   I was at the London Palladium for a rock concert earlier this month. A very old fashioned and ornate venue – strangely at odds with the mood of the evening and most of the band’s fans. They opened with a ‘pastiche’ newsreel featuring the band headlining on ‘Sunday Night at the London … Read More

Phoebe Cummings and ‘Truth to Materials’

‘Triumph of the Immaterial’  (detail) – installation in raw clay by Phoebe Cummings   I was delighted to see that Phoebe Cummings has recently won the inaugural Women’s Hour Craft Prize (8 November 2017) with ‘Triumph of the Immaterial’ – a installation piece in raw clay which took 5 weeks to create and is currently on display at the V&A. … Read More

Joan Miro – Assemblage – Found Objects and Figures

Joan Miro – Figure and Bird, Bronze 1968   I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Barcelona this summer. Such an amazing city – lovely people and fabulous architecture. I was delighted by Gaudi, but I think the highlight for me was probably Fundacio Joan Miro.   It is a spacious purpose-built gallery situated on Montjuic with wonderful … Read More

Annie Turner’s sculptural ceramics

‘Martello Tower’ by Annie Turner – Ceramic vessel with fishing net (detail) I was very fortunate to have Annie Turner as a tutor on my ceramic diploma course several years ago.  She is a gifted teacher who demonstrates techniques clearly and is happy to share not only her extraordinary hand-building skills but also her slip and glaze recipes. In her … Read More

Lest we forget

‘Curation’ – ‘Lest we forget’   This little figure, with her head bowed and a far away look in her eye, is the personification of contemplation and mindfulness. Made entirely from found objects, she wears a little ceramic ‘helmet’, her neck is glass and her body a broken vase decorated with faded foliage and a bird motif.  She was inspired, … Read More

The White Feather

‘Curation’ – ‘The White Feather’ This angelic but determined little figure in her oyster shell skirt and tiny oyster shell bonnet is striding purposefully brandishing a white feather. One of her arms – and the ‘ground’ beneath her feet – is made of bone. White feathers are symbolic of cowardice, danger and impeding doom but can also indicate the presence … Read More

Pipe Dream

‘Curation’ – ‘Pipe Dream’ I photograph these ‘curations’ before dismantling them into their component parts for re-use or re-incorporation into different forms. This strikes me as the most appropriate and sustainable way of working with these unique ‘treasures’.  Many are retrieved from the brackish estuary or beaches of North Kent, swept in on the tide and reclaimed later that same … Read More

Boy with Boat

‘Curation’- ‘Boy with Boat’ The assemblages (or ‘curations’ as I like to call them) that I have been creating over recent months – are composed of fragments I have found, foraged, mud-larked or beachcombed.  Each component is placed, arranged and re-arranged, often many times, until I achieve an outcome that resonates. They can take the form of abstract utensils, mythological … Read More

Listen

‘Curation’ – ‘Listen – you can hear the sea’ Like many artists and makers I am fascinated by found objects – both natural and manmade – but primarily those found in the landscape around my home. I am a compulsive collector – “a snapper up of unconsidered trifles”- and also of books, ephemera and artwork – drawings, paintings, prints and … Read More