A collection of body vases, big and small, from the last few years. Made by coiling clay around a base, and decorating with glazes. Mostly from porcelain, but they are from time to time made in other clays. I am always experimenting with this form which I have been making for quite a few years now, and is one of my most popular shapes.
Saints and Gods
These are all busts of saints from Catholic religious history and stories - some apocryphal, others believed to have existed. Their stories, especially their demises are often bloody, magical, and deeply fascinating to someone loves fairy tales and legends.
My grandmother read me stories of Roman/Greek gods, and they continue to form part of how I interpret the world.
But all of them are wonderful, imperfect, strange, and holy.
I continue to make them, every time I stumble over a story which has that touch of the macabre that I love.
Mad little Emperors and Empresses
Once in a while I find a face that I think wouldn't have looked out of place under a laurel wreath. It tends to be one marked by age, at that time when most would like to be majestic and vital, but sadly where most often have started to attain something of the pathetic. Age hits us all but seldom with dignity. These little men and women encapsulate this for me.....
Old fragile Ruler of men
Handmade in porcelain clay, and glazed with transparent glaze. With crown of copper leaves,
These are my collection of vases and decorative objects.
"Give me a Kiss You old Bird" Pot with lid, lid is the neck and head of a pouting man with the beak mask, added metal wire, Body of pot has little gloved hands. Transparent glaze over porcelain, brown glaze detailing on beak and gloves, and red stain on lips. 2015. SOLD
Little pot, lid is the neck and head of the bird. Stoneware pot decorated with blue and green glazes. Largely decorative. Made 2017. SOLD
Fruit and veg and bits and bobs
I made a series of these in 2016, and then again in 2017. I may just have to make them again, as they have been quite popular, but until then here are a few of the ones I have made...naughty and funny and wobbly...
My present group of fruity fruits - You either like them for their own bits and bobs, and I have also tried to give them a sort softness, a squashiness, like fruit which has been handled a bit too hard.....
skulls, and prints and life and all the rest
A few of my prints that I love reflected in glass, and mirrored by the banana and the nakedness it represents in its own way
my naughty but nice little banana, that eternal surprise at life. I had to make him like this. It seemed overkill to put a willy on a banana, but then I just liked the idea too much, and in the end I couldn't help myself!
Duncan Hannah print, and pots, and fruits
Recently been making some small pots, and experimenting with glazes like all potters do. Grouped them with one of my favourite prints from my childhood home - A Duncan Hannah prints. My mother bought it in the seventies when she lived in America for a few years, while my father studied at Stanford. I have always loved it, for itself, as much as for the thought of my parents that it evokes - young and beautiful, and on their way.
Little Man Pear
He looks slightly surprised with the state of the world
Little lady pear
My delicate little lady pear. I think she looks rather delighted with herself and the world, listening out for something a tiny bit salacious.