Our fast paced and hectic world leaves little time for us to catch our breath. I made these pieces as a bridge to help connect us to a quiet place, a space where we do have time: to meditate, to reflect, to dream. A little ritual that gives pause to the day, lighting a candle, drinking a cup of tea, making a sound that stills the air. Using ritual and objects we can carve out time for ourselves.
Each piece is carefully worked and treated with oxides, slips and glazes. Fired in the wood fired soda kiln creates a unique surface quality that encourages you to handle the work.
The jug is a reminder, telling us a story about serving, functioning as a continuous link to our past.
A jug’s shape has threads that link it to historical examples, threads that suggest what it could hold, threads that anthropomorphise the lips, neck, belly and foot.
I get great pleasure from throwing jugs, using the slow turning treadle wheel allows time for a soft rib to gently shape the form. The marks from my fingers applying a handle or pulling a spout are picked out in the firing process.
I’m using a variety of clays, often including a percentage of clay from my land; this inclusion adds a personality, both during the making and also the firing process, showing up as an unpredictable addition. Most of the work was fired in my wood kiln, a 13 hour process that culminates in soda ash being squirted into the kiln at 1280 degrees to produce the rich and variegated surfaces.
Auckland Studio Potters Annual Exhibition
ASP’s annual Fire & Clay exhibition will be opening at 6pm November 13th!
Exhibition will run November 14th – December 9th at the Pah Homestead.