Hand made from black stoneware clay with lemon, white and grey decorative motifs, Giacomo is a slim jim of a vase – 19.5cms high and an oval shape approx. 4cms diameter. I created the motifs with a theme of abstract shapes and stripes with a main lemon and black panel, then white and grey irregular vertical stripes around the rest of the piece. This means that you can turn around the piece and get an entirely different look. The colours are liquid clay, known as slip, which I apply with a natural sponge, masking off the areas I want to remain black, before firing the whole piece twice with a final firing to 1185 degrees Celsius. I glaze the interior, but leave the outside as the natural matt black clay, which contrasts with the pastel colours of the slip. I made a few similar pieces, each with a different pattern and in different sizes so that they also work as a group with or without flowers.
The Grafica Collection is the result of my love for an abstract painting called Nearing Circles by William Scott. The original painting hung in the office of Alastair Morton, the leading light of Edinburgh Weavers and he worked with the artist Scott to translate the design into a textile. I believe it formed part of an exhibition ‘Painting into Textiles’ in 1955. It’s typical of the Mid-Century Modern approach which is a real buzz in today’s interiors! So now the creative journey has gone from paintings to textiles to ceramics…
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