Specialist art Form
My inspiration is taken from the Early Bronze Age, Beaker Pottery. Beaker vessels would be made for burial rituals, specifically for an individual, holding sustenance for passage into the afterlife. I have always been fascinated by the history of our ancient ancestors and archaeological finds. The significance of these vessels resonated with me and my collection of hand built ‘People Pots’ were realised.
I use the oldest known method of firing pottery, pit firing. The unpredictable nature of this method creates uncertain outcomes due to the ferocity and intensity of the firing. An array of organic materials are burnt with the wares; the flames lick and impregnate the surface of the work with beautiful colours and patterns that could never be recreated. A true collaboration with nature.
The larger vessels almost always crack, caused by the stresses of rapid temperature changes of the open fire. In response to this, the pieces are reassembled and gilded with gold. The Eastern technique, Kintsukuroi is the art of repairing broken pottery with gold, with the understanding that the piece is more beautiful having been broken.