Esther is from the Kindred Collection, a family of handmade black stoneware pieces, each one with its own distinctive shape, decoration and personality. I created Esther’s motif in shades of lemon, pale turquoise and earth tones, applied with a natural sponge, and added further carved sgraffito marking. Esther works well as a stand alone piece, or as part of a group with others from the collection – as seen in the images. The simple figurative form and abstract decoration can make a contemplative focal point for yoga/mindfulness meditation. On the base you’ll find my potter's mark of a swallow in flight. Esther is 17cms high.
The Kindred collection is a family of pieces in black stoneware clay. I like to reflect the inherent qualities of the clay itself, leaving it unglazed, and I form and decorate using the minimum of tools, so that the finished piece can reflect the material - and the making process.
I use just my hands to shape each piece from a flattened sheet of clay, then apply slip (liquid clay) decorative designs with a natural sponge over torn newspaper stencils and resists. The motifs are influenced by textile designs and artwork from the early 20th century, while the forms have echoes of Cycladic and Minoan votive pottery.
While there are recurring shapes, motifs and colours in my work, each piece is entirely unique in its form and decoration. The work is fired to 1185 degrees Celsius in an electric kiln over a period of 12 hours. Pieces bear my maker’s mark of a swallow impressed into the base.
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