Several of Shakespeare's plays include watchers, gate-keepers, etc. discussing events and displaying great insight into things to come. The idea of a sentinel, watcher or protector. A figure that can see through the everyday and beyond the obvious. Someone who communicates on an emotional level.
I use white stoneware clay and make using slab and coil building techniques. The work is then fired between 1100 and 1200c in an electric kiln. Decorated with oxides, engobes and glazes. Each piece is hand built and unique (not moulded).
The sculptures are made with a direct honesty to the nature of the material. Clay is a wonderful material that can be pulled, squashed, shaped and squeezed. It takes an impression like no other material and, being a basic "earth" material, it is a joy to work with. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make impressions and produce strong textures. The work shows the way as it progresses into a finished piece. The hand becomes as important as the eye and the mind. 24ct gold-leaf on glasses.
clay and wire
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