Partial flower mug


The question I have really is about the relative completeness of the flower, especially on the mug.  I am concerned that the flower looks too abstracted but also looks as if it is emerging from underneath the red.  The red is an inglaze and the flower is a transfer that sits on top of the glaze.  I also don’t know whether I like this in relation to the narrative of bringing the act of care to the surface.  What do you think?

The only problem with the mug is that the flower is far too big to use whole.  I could partially obscure the plate to make it similar to the mug and play with the bowl to find a similar effect.

The plate is also not conventional in that it’s centre is decorated but I don’t think I can loose the centre pattern and keep the feel of the pink strokes.

I am considering adding gold luster to this range as a simple band around the bowl and plate and down the handle of the mug.


What’s in a range? plates, mugs and bowls


Decisions about which shapes to include in the three ranges.  The following thinking…

Red (support).  Plate, bowl and mug

Green (structure).  Teapot, cup and saucer, tea plate, bowl, dinner plate

Blue (flow).  Teapot, cup and saucer and tea plate

These are for reasons of convention as much as concept.  The red range is a foundation set that can be split or bought as one. Mugs are more likely to be bought separately as well as for reasons of function and cost so the fundamentals of living are a mug, a bowl and a plate.  A tea plate, for example, doesn’t really enter the consciousness here!

Green is all inclusive.  Something pastoral and not a primary colour so it enters the every day more easily in ceramics.

Blue (my voice).  It is the colour of banking ‘uniform’, if only in navy blue.  There is a coolness and elegance about the colour blue that means it would be more of a leisurely  usage;  a more established household and a likely afternoon (loose leaf) tea taker.

MARKET LOCATION:  these need to be aimed at the luxury designer-maker buyer.  The complexity of the development (workshops and distillation) necessitates a slightly higher price bracket but the design quality needs to be high so that the role of design to ‘make life better for people’ actually happens THROUGH the concept of celebrating the work of carers.

My layers

sun-green cup

This is an important cup.  In laying on the sun decal today I suddenly saw my own place in the process of this project; it made me smile to myself.

1. Foundation laid by me (green/white enamel on a manufactured body)

2. Event/relationship (sun transfers from the workshop consultation)

3. Tableau (this layer is not shown here but will be illustrations of my own making).

More echos but at the same time memory and celebration.  Private memory and subtle body.  Clarity in the surface, in the fixed image.  A vision that sets a scene to stand the test of time.

It also echos a strongly held facet of my personal philosophy; nobody can realise your vision for you but nothing worth doing is EVER done alone.  Curious.

Layers that echo

Collect 2013.  Laura Ellen Bacon was presenting in the Project Space this year and as soon as I saw her piece it revealed another echo in my project; layers.

The density of the layers that she shows with the the weave she uses has been internalised, ‘joggled about’ and cooked up to produce the notion of layers in my interpretation of surface.  It really struck me.  The impact of those two weeks was acutely felt in that simple revisiting.

It PROVES how very sensitive we are to our environments and the longevity and complexity involved in the process of embodiment that making reveals.

Laura Ellen Bacon COLLECT2013

Bone China

The choice of shape is practical.  As few complex curves as possible makes the application of transfers much less demanding.  The choice of bone china over porcelain is personal.  There could be some technical gloss put over it in terms of it’s advantages in taking on enamels and transfers, but honestly?  The answer is deeply personal.

red mug

It echoes me.  As close to taste as you can get in terms of sensation.  It is a healing echo because it makes sense to me in it’s innate materiality.  The English body, reinvented out of necessity to survive (porcelain competition from China), turns out a altogether stronger body.  Good old Wedgwood.  The drive forward cooked up in a recipe with intention and redefined.

This brings up all sorts of questions about being ‘made’, ‘man-made’ and to what extent we are all these things.  Mine is just a really extreme example but the same questions apply to all of us in our most anxious moments.  So,what you can’t answer or were never consulted about you just accept, but Wedgwood, he had a question to answer, just like I did.  We both answere(d) it in our own way.

Of course the projection and echo back to me is the healing element that I hold dear and that is there for every artist who uses clay, distasteful as it may be to some of them who hide it in technical jargon.  Whatever floats your boat; you can’t kid everybody all the time though.  Withhold if you like.  It’s a personal thing, as I said.