Friday, September 28, 2018

Selected Works 2017

3D Designed and slip cast




Still Life with Fungi: Slip Cast Porcelain Plates with under glazes, glazes and decals.  
Lidded vessels: Black clay, wheel thrown and glazed.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Selected Work 2016


Selected Work: 2016

Mural section 1: Interlude with Some Voices
Tumblers: based on my 3D design, 3D printed, mold made of print and slip cast (Cone 6). Surface: underglaze, glaze, lustres.
Vases: Constructed from cut up 3D designed parts that were slip cast (cone 6). Surface: white glaze, lustre
Serving plate: Cone 10 reduction glaze, decal
Serving Plate: Cone 10 reduction glaze, decal

Mural: Interlude with Some Voices in Three Parts





Work from 2015-2016



Top:Stone Ware Plates with glaze and deals (cone 10), Below: Porcelain, silk screen pattern and decal


Above: 3D software designed, slip cast with under glaze & lustres. Right: slip cast & altered
Cacophony - craft objects celebrating Craft Year


Porcelain plate, underglazes, glaze, multiple firings

Porcelain plate: stencil relief, underglazes, tissue print, glaze


Friday, June 6, 2014

Artist Statements- Spring/Summer, 2014

Con Sum Ere
 (In the juried Medalta International Spoon Show, September 1-November 29, 2014)

Title: Con Sum Ere


The Latin ‘consumere’ is remarkably encompassing in its meanings. On the one hand, it references consuming and eating, at the same time, it can signify -  to exhaust, use up, squander/waste, swallow up and spend. In other words , ‘to consume’ can be life-giving as well as, life-destroying.

Represented here are three spoons, inspired from the ladle form whose function was/is for sharing the essential  food of the hearth, the broth. The disturbing surfaces of the ensemble however, separates them from the mundane and suggests perhaps a refocus on their conceptual function - the idea of consumption alluded to in the Latin title. 






Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling - a Trophy
(For the Exhibition "Shoe-In", Saskatoon, SK)

To me, "Shoe-In" conjures up the idea of select candidates vying for a plum job. Both women and men recognize this experience and are often aware of who the shoe-in might be. However, if the job is that of a CEO, egalitarian ideals seem to diminish. Women were/are frequently excluded. So evident was this that the term "the glass ceiling" was coined in the 1980's.

This small trophy sculpture celebrates the women who were not shoe-in but dared and occasionally succeeded. The flower-like upper portion references these women whose names are inscribed on the stepped platform. Beneath the glass are the seed pods, alluding to journeys already begun as well as, impending travels made not so much easier but at least, with the possibility of attaining the goal.
 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Functional Work: Current and Historical Reconstructions 2014

Some functional works from the fall of 2013.

The four platters are wheel thrown with high-fire B Mix. My designs make use of underglaze colours, stenciling and some tissue prints.



 







Casserole with underglaze patterning & tissue prints

     

Historical Reproductions for Re-Enactment Groups
The following pieces are historical reproductions from the Saxo-Norman period. Historically, there were three main groups known as Saxo-Norman dating between c.700-1007. I was particularly interested in the last, more advanced group referred to as Stamford Ware (900-1100AD).  The local clay was low iron and light or buff coloured. They are exceptional in that they are the first glazed pottery (lead-based glaze in the form of powdered galena) to be produced in England since Roman times.

Stamford Wares






These were my first attempts at reproducing the Stamford Wares. My main concern was for the basic form to scale, colour of the clay and incised decoration which we made from antlers (as were the originals). The interiors of the originals were usually left unglazed, however, for health and safety they have been glazed with a clear coat. The lead-based exterior glaze typically found on these has been replaced with a clear coat. I am still working on the coloration - aiming for specific green and "ochre yellow". I am now in the process of testing various copper green glazes to find one that would come closest to the originals. The spouted pitcher is a wonderful design - cheers to that potter!



The Dragon's Garden, Clay mural project, Ecole Agnes Davidson School, Lethbridge, AB

 


This wall piece is a combination of bisque tiles and 3D clay sections where the dragon seems to jut out from the wall. 

 



Thursday, November 21, 2013

WELCOME






Welcome to my blog pages. I set these pages up so that my clay work could be easily viewed chronologically . I am eclectic in my practice as I do both sculptural and functional works but most inspiring and challenging to me is fusing hand built, wheel-thrown, molded forms and altered shapes. Whether I fire low, medium or high, electric, reduction, soda or wood depends on the ideas I am working with.