A good studio session throwing porcelain for a new tall (taller than kiln) sculpture to be stacked over a cane for support.
On Monday I spent the day in my studio for the first time in months. Winter and lockdown had combined to make it very difficult to be there. It was an apt moment to take visual stock of my surroundings, how comfortable they still felt and how excited I was to be back.
I recently finished A Room of One’s Own for the first time. There’s so much more to say than this initial post but in the midst of several funding applications I am reminded of two of so many phrases that hurtled towards me.
“That collar that I have spoken of… bowed my head to the ground.“A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf (p.5, Vintage Classics)
This physical manifestation of worry or preoccupation is a concept I’ve ruminated on for some time. The Daily Journeys We Wear is an overarching concept for my present art practice. The notion being our lived experience can be manifested in wearable sculpture, portraits that enclose, cage, guard or amplify us.
I am developing a new series:
Worn: A Battleground.
Exploring what we carry with us.
Accumulated weight. An armour of sorts.
Worn Weft Weary. A trio.
Vestiges of an emotional battleground, artefacts.
I like the sense of a trio emerging here. They’ll be several stances forming a group I think. The W words are textural and a ripe starting place as specific words often are for me.
“A nugget of pure truth to wrap between the pages of your notebook and keep on the mantelpiece forever.”A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf (p.4, Vintage Classics)
I loved this phrase from the moment I read it. That preciousness and the idea of a gift of words. A weightiness too though that can be burden like the previous collar. It is writing I want to write and the pressure I feel to find such writing when deadlines loom.
Documenting this sketchbook helped hone why they’re such a key part of how I develop work. Continually reframing the composition of pages and elements I revisited the textures, surfaces and shapes I was interested in when putting the pages together. I tend to work with several projects in mind with so much not realised in sculptural form. Sketchbooks continue alongside making and documenting and bringing them online has added another dimension to the research and revisiting process.
Strata I Sketchbook slideshow
“The China Hall is one of those buildings that on first stepping inside elicits gasps of wonder – with its high barrel-vaulted ceilings, immense space and visible remnants of its former industrious past.”From British Ceramics Biennial website (delivered by The Clay Foundation)
I agree with the British Ceramics Biennial site description there’s certainly something about the sheer scale of this space. That work continues to be commissioned especially for it is especially wonderful.
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As part of the rebuilding plans for this site I wanted to make much better use of the reams of photos that document my past exhibitions. These were taken when I delivered my work to the British Ceramics Biennial in September 2013. The space was incredible, absolutely cavernous with so much of the last industry, an all encompassing culture, in evidence.
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I’m really thrilled to have been selected for this book, my entry is part of an ongoing project called The Daily Journeys We Wear. More on this to follow…
The occasion of The Hepworth Wakefield Contemporary Ceramics Fair moving online has led me to make work available to buy online. It is good to prompted to get around to things but it also feels odd. I am used to people handling my work as part of a conversation about what I make and why. That is hard to recreate and I didn’t feel I had a catalogue of products suitable for upgrading to an e-commerce site, yet.
That said, I would love people who’ve discovered my work for the first time through this year’s fair or those I’ve met before to be able to buy from me. I have set out key considerations you might have if you’re interested in owning any of the pieces on this page:
- The majority of my work is not suitable for posting. You can collect from my studio in Sheffield at a convenient time for you or we can discuss me delivering to you in person.
- If you would like to buy a piece please email email@example.com I will be available for the duration of the fair. I will confirm your purchase by replying as soon as possible and supplying my bank details for payment.
- I am very happy to talk about my work, over email or on the phone, to discuss existing pieces or new commissions.
- I have supplied dimensions of each piece available and photos that give a good sense of the piece. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
On my way home from the first day of Aesthetica’s FUTURE NOW Symposium. The programme has been so stimulating. The combination of panel discussions, keynotes and one to one sessions makes for a really engaging experience. I was lucky to have two extremely-useful portfolio reviews. They were with Lottie Davies and Pierre Saurisse. Both were generous, enthusing and thoughtful and have given me ideas and directions to pursue I’d not previously seen.
Friday 29th February to Saturday 14th March 2020
I’m delighted to have been selected for this year’s Members Show at Bloc Projects. Pieces from my Relic series will be shown alongside work from 8 other artists.