As a ceramic artist, I produce a range of slip cast porcelain ceramic forms as both prototypes and vessels for direct sales. The work often has a geometric, stripped-back quality with a precise clarity of form; honouring historical patterns of field warfare and postmodern architectural visions.
The creative process develops from an initial thought, an in depth research process follows. This leads into a natural growth of linear drawings, which informs a mechanism of carving plaster positives, mould-making and finally casting, glazing and firing.
My current body of work explores the advancement of technology in the wake of conflict, by paying quiet tribute to the lost lives of The Great War. Each piece is designed to express thanks to the fallen through a practical body of work; aligning influential visualisations from ceramics of the era and the poetry formed in the trenches, with postmodern architectural designs.
“One loves one’s fellow man so much more when one is bent on killing him”
— Julian Grenfell
Project World War
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Back in 2011 the Japanese east coast was struck by the tsunami and earthquakes that devastated the region and caused a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant.
I followed all updates online and on many 24 hour news channels, watching the events unfold, the footage of how an entire area can be swept away.
I tried to capture what I saw by constraining the powers of clay and glaze in the form of rough tea bowls. Some are based on the waters rising and sweeping across the land, polluted by the power plant, others are mixed clays that were made by forcing the clay into shape, representing the forces inside the earth that moved the tectonic plates.
A project that's turned into a collaboration with my cat! Yes, my cat. Mostly due to his persistent interfering and continuous destruction of my work, so I feel its appropriate to repurpose this broken and altered cat-work for our own project!