Gutted I missed out on taking one of these home from The Ceramics Biennial!

Made by Lawrence Epps, these little bricks each portray office workers: whether they’re looking at some papers or checking emails.
It’s an interactive piece as visitors can pick any one they would like and take it home. However only 100 can be taken in one day, to preserve  the installation and enable it to last the duration of the exhibition.
And guess what? The 100 had been taken that day! Would’ve made a fab book end!


Thoughts from my Reflective Journal


Thoughts from my Reflective Journal

First and foremost, I have never posted a picture of my journal for the outside world. I’m slightly nervous, I must admit, but here goes!
This journal entry questions the idea that is anything permanent? Or just temporary for a very long time?


When visiting the Marsden Woo Gallery last month I discovered the ceramicist Dawn Youll. The first piece of her art I laid eyes upon was a garden green ceramic wheelie bin with a bright red cylinder for the wheels and what seems like a red plank of wood propped against it.… My initial interpretation of Dawn’s collection was that, although brightly coloured, it seemed cold. Then I looked into the nature of the pieces. They remind me of children’s toy building blocks assembled together.
 In fact, the items don’t even look like they are ceramic, but plastic, or a highly lacquered wood. Not that this is a bad thing; for one to shape clay into an object in a way that makes it look like it was made from another material is admirable.
Named ‘Locale’, Dawn’s collection is inspired by her environment. She displays objects the audience will have an immediate familiarity to. So something like a wheelie bin- an object which is stamped in urban culture will engage the viewer.
I didn’t instantaneously understand her collection but since I’ve come away from it, I’ve realised I have a connection to her work, particularly the wheelie bins as those are the sculptures that are most poignant in my memory.

Modelling Feet

Today Natasha is teaching us step by step how to model a foot using our feet as inspiration.
This workshop is quite personal to me as my right foot is completely different from my left! It gives me a chance to explore the contours I previously didn’t pay much attention to (or ignored!). To look at my body in a new perspective.


Looks like a galaxy!


… Or some flour sprinkled on dough.
I am carrying on with slab construction today, paying particular attention to texturing the surface of the slabs. Instead of going overboard with excitement, like I usually do, I decided to just use 2 objects to form textures along with some china clay I sprinkled into the clay. The 2 objects I used were a washing up brush and a metal shoe lace ring.

Slab building

This morning Matt demonstrated 3 different ways of slab forming. I have been trying out stretching the clay and carving patterns onto it before throwing it on the table. I really like this method as its simplistic and one can use the distorted stretched clay as a means of creating an interesting shaped vessel.


Coil pots

Not sure.. I feel the cup is rather awkward. It looks a bit lost next to my Picasso inspired bottle… I am impressed with the handle I made though!

This particular cup is drawn from Francisco Zurbaran’s Still Life painting “Lemons, Oranges and a Rose” . When I think about it, the cup is mysterious anyway as on the painting only one handle is visible but then when I look closer at the painting I can see a whisper of a second handle.

We’ll see if it can take the weight of the cup after firing…