On a Plate

On a Plate

When I was collecting shards from Tepco Beach, that were later used in “Wasters” exhibited at Bowen Galleries in 2013, it was the irregular pieces I was drawn to, where the form had warped or the glaze had run, causing them to be discarded. I like to make the most of these irregularities that occur in the process of making and firing wheel thrown porcelain. There are always the opposing impulses in working with porcelain, the desire to control and to let things happen. There is the very careful turning to create fine translucent pieces, then the firing of them to soften and melt and how far to go, either way. A return to making vessels for use perhaps reflects the experience of the past two years since returning from the U.S. which has been a life focused on family and home. With a movement to living in smaller spaces, with less room for objects, I believe that the individually made cup, plate or bowl, made with intention and attention has a significant role in creating an experience, intimate or shared. An attempt to create a microtopia On a Plate was a re-launch of wheel-thrown cups, bowls and plates, and was a one-off opportunity to see these icy translucent pieces grouped in a gallery setting at Bowen Galleries in December, 2015 This work is now only available through Avid Gallery, Wellington.