Everywhere I go

Everywhere I go was exhibited as part of the Fired Up Festival of Ceramics at Bowen Galleries from 22 February to March 15 2020

For a long time Atkinson has been addressing waste (environmental and otherwise) in her work. For this series she set herself a restriction, a making restraint, to use only existing pieces that had been broken or discarded or hadn’t ‘worked’ at the time, refiring them into both an environmental statement and about what it means to be a maker in 2020.

“Making restraint: all works in this exhibition were recovered, repaired, reconstructed. Everything ‘Fired Up” including the tables.

A further restraint was that the work was not to be refired with gas. This was no small restraint as gas firing has provided glazes with the depth and sublety of colour, my language for the past two decades. But I can’t go on protests against mining for coal and gas and at the same time continue with ‘work as usual’.”