I have been playing around with dinnerware that have sculptural elements included. This piece is a reflection of our throwaway consumerist society and the impact of that on the natural environment that we live in.
I have been asked by a friend to make a Japanese sake set. I wasn’t sure of the size of the cups as there are some small cups called ochoko that are thimble sized, but I decided to do the medium sized ones. I have turned the larger sake cups (on the right) into espresso cups by adding some handles. I have decorated them all with white stoneware slip and blue cobalt mountains. They look purple here but once glazed and fired they will be dark blue. I think I will make some more as I like the little bottles.
Took some photos tonight around the house of some of my old ceramics and sculpture. The teeth are cast in aluminium and were originally buried and half buried in grass mounds for a sculpture show I was in title ‘re-construction’ in the late 90’s. The glasshouse is made from wood and glass with latex and beeswax mountains inside. The rest are all ceramic.
This group of pots follow a theme that I have been exploring over some time. The shapes of the pots are related to mountains, burial mounds or cocoons. I live in the Kinglake Ranges, so I am constantly inspired by what is around me. I also have memories from travelling to China as a child and seeing the dramatic mountains near Beijing, which seem to grow out of nowhere. The tree motif has gone through a few changes since experiencing Black Saturday, from straight blackness to re-growth and now full trees again. The magnificent Mountain Ash gums on our property are huge and towering and are my main inspiration, especially when I compare them to the trees that I grew up with around Kyneton. I’m also interested in the contours and typography of the landscape and use engraved lines to show these and to give movement to my pieces. I am influenced by nature, the stillness in the forest, the leaves and branches in the wind, rocks, water, what is left behind and buried and the concept that ‘grass will grow over your cities’1.Anselm Keifer 2010