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In Homer’s Odyssey, Circe is a sorceress on the island of Aeaea. She turns men, who are attracted by her, into pigs and other animals. Odysseus is kept for a year until eventually he is saved by Hermes who gives Odysseus Holy Moly a magic herb that enables him to resist Circe. For some, a postmodern view is that she actually returns men to their true nature.

The legendary Greek hero Odysseus is on a ten year journey to return home from the Trojan War to his wife Penelope and the island of Ithaca. He is protected by the goddess Minerva. The Odyssey is his 10 year journey home. Typical Greek themes of human struggles and emotions. Odysseus - name means man of pain. The journey is about never giving in and becoming wise through experience.

Every ceramic panel tells a fascinating story. They 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 undertake, including Gods - Demi-gods – Muses - Nymphs - Musicians - Warriors - Acrobats - Sports and scenes from family life. The stories from Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad are a particular favourite for inspiration.

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. The ceramic panel size is 30x21cm approximately. It is finally put into a quality white 34x44cm frame to show it to good advantage. (A black frame is available if preferred)

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Materials used:

clay and glazes

Circe Beckons - (Beware she turns men into animals!) - (Framed Ceramic Panel) (2014)


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