Blume

2018

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(From left to right): Blume, Fractal Vessel, Open Cluster, 2018

Left: Barrel Vessel, 2018

Right: Crucibles in a pile, 2018

Tall Studded Ore Vessel and Barbed Turquoise Vase II with Crucible, 2018

Left: Double Star with Crucibles, 2018

Right: Double Star (detail)

Small Studded Ore Vase, Turquoise Lotus, and Frilled Hourglass, 2018

Left: Blume, 2018

Right: Blume and Fractal Vessel (detail)

Two-pronged Vase (Green) with Crucibles, 2018

Left: Turquoise Chalice, 2018

Right: Spider Lily, 2018

Frilled Chalice and Small Studded Ore Vase, 2018

Left: Idol Vases, 2018

Right: Crucibles, 2018

Double Star and Corroded Vessel with Crucible on its side, 2018

Left: Frilled Chalice, 2018

Right: Fractal Vessel, 2018

(From left to right): Crucible, Spiny Vase, and Spire, 2018

BLUME is a body of over 50 ceramic vessels which draws inspiration from botanical and entomological forms, ancient civilisations, and astronomical objects.

These themes may seem to have no common thread, but as I spend days attaching hundreds of protrusions to the surface of a single pot, all of these motifs are sparked in my mind and then imbued in the vessel.

First the pot is a flower, with symmetrical, oval petals radiating from the centre.  And then it is a fruit, or a stamen, or even a giant, exotic bloom from deep within a far away rainforest.

Then, as it progresses, it becomes something armoured and ancient.  The protrusions are protecting the pot like a grid of spines protects a beetle.

After receiving a layer or two of glaze melted in high temperatures, the pot could become something different altogether.  It could become an artefact thousands of years old, used in daily rituals.  Or a meteorite, even older, landing on Earth from worlds unknown.  It could hold a colourful, nebulous cloud just under its surface, or a black hole at its centre.

My imagination wanders during the making process, and this pulls me closer to my work.  Making up stories about each individual piece bestows an aura around them, giving them their own mythology, elevating them from object to idol.

Blume

2018

BLUME is a body of over 50 ceramic vessels which draws inspiration from botanical and entomological forms, ancient civilisations, and astronomical objects. These themes may seem to have no common thread, but as I spend days attaching hundreds of protrusions to the surface of a single pot, all of these motifs are sparked in my mind and then imbued in the vessel. First the pot is a flower, with symmetrical, oval petals radiating from the centre.  And then it is a fruit, or a stamen, or even a giant, exotic bloom from deep within a far away rainforest. Then, as it progresses, it becomes something armoured and ancient.  The protrusions are protecting the pot like a grid of spines protects a beetle. After receiving a layer or two of glaze melted in high temperatures, the pot could become something different altogether.  It could become an artefact thousands of years old, used in daily rituals.  Or a meteorite, even older, landing on Earth from worlds unknown.  It could hold a colourful, nebulous cloud just under its surface, or a black hole at its centre. My imagination wanders during the making process, and this pulls me closer to my work.  Making up stories about each individual piece bestows an aura around them, giving them their own mythology, elevating them from object to idol.

(From left to right): Blume, Fractal Vessel, Open Cluster, 2018

Barrel Vessel, 2018

Crucibles in a pile, 2018

Tall Studded Ore Vessel and Barbed Turquoise Vase II with Crucible, 2018

Double Star with Crucibles, 2018

Double Star (detail)

Small Studded Ore Vase, Turquoise Lotus, and Frilled Hourglass, 2018

Blume, 2018

Blume and Fractal Vessel (detail)

Two-pronged Vase (Green) with Crucibles, 2018

Turquoise Chalice, 2018

Spider Lily, 2018

Frilled Chalice and Small Studded Ore Vase, 2018

Idol Vases, 2018

Crucibles, 2018

Double Star and Corroded Vessel with Crucible on its side, 2018

Frilled Chalice, 2018

Fractal Vessel, 2018

(From left to right): Crucible, Spiny Vase, and Spire, 2018