This week showcases end on a very unique note, with the ceramic work of Jane Plahe. From Jane’s work we start to reconnect with our roots and the basis of who we are and what we are made of, clay and ceramics informing this.
As Jane expresses “my work is about the stuff of the Earth, its ancientness and variety, how this effects the landscape above it, and through this, our lives in the short time that we have been inhabitants of that landscape.”
“The clay of the Earth contains the evidence of all history, including the evolution and common origins of all humanity. We used to depict our imaginations, our beliefs and our lives, It facilitated the earliest beginnings of life and absorbs us on our death, we are part of the earth, but a very small part. We have distanced ourselves with a veneer of civilization, but we move across a planet that existed long before us, and will continue after we have gone. We are from it, and will return to it. I am fascinated by the stuff of clay, its universality, its huge variety within the same basic chemical composition. This has led me to use it to depict the variety and basic sameness of humanity in my present work, informing the work for my degree show, in which I have used common clay dug from a variety of locations. The different behaviours of the clay during the process have allowed for a certain randomness and the incidental results have allowed the material to become something more than a vehicle, but to be expressive of itself.”
To find out more about Jane’s practice and the other ceramicists featuring in the Turning Point exhibition and to possibly support and donate, follow the link below:
Carrying on the theme of last week, we have another potter starting our showcase this week, Kate Miller.
As Kate says “the body of work I have created so far for the Degree Show is both an exploration of material and theoretical constructs, and a statement on global conservation from a socio-political standpoint. Drawing inspiration from graph readings of seismic events, I utilise the physicality and structure of the thrown vessel and construct composite forms with juxtapositional surface qualities in order to present the notion of ecological fragility. I plan to complete this series of objects with a variety of finishes which will further emphasise this theme.”
“My work is centred around the potter’s wheel. As she says “I am drawn to functionality in ceramic pieces, and have predominantly created utilitarian items as final outcomes in response to project briefs. Therefore the collection of ceramic pieces I intend to create for the exhibition will possess a practical element; making the collection also a poignant culmination of the practical skills and conceptual processes I have acquired and developed during the three years of the degree course.”
To find out more about Kate’s practice, please follow the links below:
Blog – https://kateandclay.wordpress.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/katemceramics?fref=ts
UPDATE: We have now received £755 of our target of £1,800 for support of our degree show which is amazing, but we still need to reach our target, please help spread the word even if you can’t donate, visit and share the link below and be part of the Turning Point exhibition too!!!!
This week we end as we started looking at traditional pottery, featuring the work of Kieran McAteer.
For Kieran he uses “traditional pottery techniques to create contemporary work that explores formal values, through the medium of tableware. Formal values are explored in both 2D and 3D formats using relatively minimal abstract mark making, these are then appropriated for tableware using them in combination with natural delineations of form and terminus.”
To find out more about Kieran’s practice, click on the link below:
Also to find out more about our degree show Turning Point, the ceramics work on show and how you can get your hands on some of it please visit and possibly donate at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/turning-point–6/x/10221193
This week provides a very different way of working with ceramics, looking back into traditional routes and expression. Our first showcase is the pottery work of Bleddyn Lewis.
Bleddyn expresses “when I am making I have a general notion as to what I am about…There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end. I am as much a part of the art as the clay or the glazes. I don’t say I know what the form is about, but what I am about. Surrendering to the moment, sometimes I lose the pieces, but I have no fear of changes, of destroying the pieces. Because the pieces has a life of its own, I try to let it live. I can be a part of the creative moment without deciding how it will turn out.”
“The skills apply on the potter’s wheel, I explore the tradition technique of different cultures and self-express those values in my practice. The passion of my practice comes from exploring the oxblood and how the glaze interacts with my forms and as I always think ‘a good pot always tells a story’. The oxblood always leaves the artwork to speak for its self as every oxblood is like a snow flake never alike. It is those characters I explore and invite into my practice leaving my work to never have a beginning or a ending in the process of material value.”
For further information of Bleddyn Lewis’ work, click on the link below:
Blog – https://bleddynlewis.wordpress.com/
For those that have supported us and for other that might not know as part of our degree show we have set up a fundraising page on Indiegogo. Here you can find out more about the show, donate and also possibly get your hands on some of the ceramics work featured in the Turning Point exhibition. To find out more follow the link below:
This week concludes with the landscape ceramics work of Joanna Simmonds. Joanna using the relationship and investigation of the transformation of 2D to 3D.
Joanna explains that “the development of my work has become increasingly dependent on drawing, it explores the relationship of 2D into 3D and the expressions and surfaces that can be discovered through this process. The focus of my work is central to landscape, specifically Mountains. The attention on mountains was drawn from the memories and observational drawings that I have collected from family holidays in the French Alps. However although the idea may have been born from the views, hikes and images that are primary resources for me, the context around the mountains has developed along side my progression of making objects and drawings.
A mountain is a universal symbol; the image is understood in every language. It is this simplicity I wish to capture, everyone can imagine a mountain and process the image, and this universality has the ability to connect us all. Therefore the object becomes the context. Fundamentally a mountain is a mountain, but what does a mountain mean to the individual. Through the process of drawing and sculpture it is my intent to form a conversation between the 2D and 3D in which a central object –the mountain- connects each thought process.”
To find out more about Joanna’s ceramic practice, click on the link below:
Blog – https://jsmonds1.wordpress.com/
Additionally as part of our degree show we have set up an online donation where you can help to continue to support the Turning Point ceramicists, be part of the exhibition and also get your hands on some amazing ceramics work!!! If you would like to donate or to have a browse follow the link below:
This week’s artwork begins with the visual representation of objects shown through ceramicist Donna Leach. In conversation with Donna, she describes her work as “the aesthetic sensibilities experienced from the visual representation created within an object displaying contradictions of the real and unreal.”
“This visual language of past and present forms a ‘tipping point’ creating an intimacy with the viewer where they are invited to question their perception.The aim of this visual representation is to create sign’s enabling memories to be triggered and narrative’s to be formed through evoking sensory, subjective, psychological and emotional properties which are experienced through memories and storytelling.These binary opposites relating to past and present create the dialogue of visual language. The ambiguous and familiar objects create symbolic forms of land, location, storytelling and history which are displayed to the audience where they can be the director of their story.”
To see more of Donna Leach’s work, you can find her through:
Blog – https://donnaleachceramics.wordpress.com/
Also as part of our funding for our degree show, we have set up an account to donate to through Indiegogo, where you can support us and also get something back in return. Just follow the link below for more details of how you can get involved:
Here is our last showcase for this week, investigating the conceptual matters of process through the work of Chrisoula Konstantakos.
As Chrisoula suggests her work has “much to do about what I do and what inspires me is what I do. Process is my central focus and the centre of my practise. Getting to the gist of the processes opens new avenues in which I investigate my material. It’s the art of making that allows me to express ideas in a tangible, haptic form. I can give nothingness a palpable form. From making, come my ideas/my creative expression because it doesn’t set limits or conforms me to pre-conceived ideals.”
“I look to traditional processes but combine them with industrial and contemporary tools to update my work. This group of work is based on the deconstruction of a vessel. I took away all its utilitarian qualities and worked with the bare essence of form and turned attention to the inner form. Traditionally, the vessel is observed and admired from its exterior and hidden is the inner space. I made that void, that nothingness tangible and started manipulating that space with my process.
A simple form can hide such complexities that I as maker, can investigate and in turn apply to other forms and concepts.”
To support our Turning Point artists further and also get something too, please donate to our degree show through our Turning Point Indiegogo page: