I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine, I walk the line
Creating ‘Flower Vessels’ are apart of an ongoing investigation into the influence of my natural environment, on my ceramics practice.
The Coastal Banksia and Tea tree are endemic to where I live and they have captivated and grounded me and formed my sense of place in this world.
‘I Walk The Line‘ are a pair of contrasting, wheel-thrown composite forms, made in stoneware.
One has relief decoration, reminiscent of Wedgwood Jasperware. Each porcelain Banksia Sprig has been individually applied to the stoneware surface and hand carved in situ.
The other with porcelain slip and cobalt, the surface of swirling, freeform line work is a visual link to the coastal tea tree
The use of unglazed high fired stoneware and porcelain together creates a dramatic contrast to the work.
The forms are quiet and contemplative, engaging the viewer to look closer.
These modernist inspired, womb-like flower vessels, each hold a Coastal Banksia branch as observed on a tree.
This is a key element to the design of the vessels.
Both are also a reinterpretation and connection to my British and Anglo Indian heritage and their ceramic traditions.