I had this idea that I should revisit random form, to shake off the complacency of knowing what to expect next. These forms are pieced together with randomly cut curved sheets of clay that are built in stages, manipulating and distorting as i go. Some are stoneware clay, most are earthenware. The surface purposely responds to the form, both having their roots in organic abstraction and the late 50’s/early 60’s folk pottery revivalists. I plan to use glazes that have been stored in my studio since the late 90’s. Most are own formula special effects glazes i used regularly in my early days of practice. I plan to make 50 in all, numbering as i go and then to write a self critique on what is lost and found along the way.
Although freedom of expression is what I am searching for, I still find that I ‘need’ to work to an essential theme in order to build up a rhythm, to be able to focus in, to exclude the peripherals. I have also made semi relief slabs for each hollow form to rest on but am undecided as to whether they will detract the eye.
The next 50 forms will be titled ‘object of scrutiny’.