Friday, 8 July 2011

shadow pots

Each cast pot with its cast 'shadow'

Creating a second set of cast pots from plastic originals. This second set is being left uncleaned with drips and marks. They are also being deformed by hand while still soft. Once biscuit fired, they will be smoke fired. The shadow set was originally inspired by the easterly light in my studio creating new patterns and forms in the early morning. The idea gelled while I was researching potters and came across Jane Perryman and specifically a video she had made about traditional potters in Kluch, India. Thousands of years of pottery tradition are dying out at a rapid pace as plastic replaces ceramic in all but the poorest households. Round bottomed vessels designed to stay upright in sand have no use in modern houses with their flat surfaces and plastic is seen as new, fashionable, hygienic. I hope the disintegrating, blurring, burned set of pots is reflecting some of this change.

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