These ceramic relief panels are inspired by Classical Greek Myths and Legends and the many traditions in Ancient Greece. I love ancient Greek vases, especially the wonderful collection in the British Museum in London. They depict fabulous stories of Gods and heroes and the incredible adventures they undergo, including Gods - Demi-gods – Muses - Nymphs - Sirens - Musicians - Warriors - Acrobats - Sports and scenes from family life. The stories from Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad are a particular favourite for inspiration.
Every panel tells a fascinating story. For example the panel showing Zeus & Danaë tells the story of King Acrisius who was told by the oracle in Delphi that his daughter Danaë would bear a son who would kill him. Acrisius imprisoned Danaë to prevent the prophecy from coming true. Unfortunately for Acrisius, Zeus fell in love with Danaë and came to her prison in the form of a shower of golden rain. The rain fell through a crack in the prison wall and landed in Danaë’s lap. She became pregnant and her child was Perseus, who eventually fulfilled the prophecy. What a wonderful story!
Technique: White stoneware clay, slab built and fired between 1100 and 1200c in an electric kiln. Decorated with oxides, engobes and glazes. Each piece is hand built and unique (not moulded). Drawings are made from many sources, often ancient Greek Vases in the British Museum. These drawings are given a modern and personal interpretation and then transferred onto lino. Lino cuts are made for the main part of the design and pressed into the rolled clay. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make further impressions to produce strong textures that complement the design. Sometimes 24ct gold-leaf is used to enhance details for extra effect. The panel is finally put into a quality white 34x44cm frame to show it to good advantage.
clay, oxides, engobes and glazes
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