Showing posts with label porcelain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label porcelain. Show all posts

Friday, 27 December 2013

New work on display December 2013 to March 2014

Between December 2013 and March 2014 Contemporary Ceramics Centre is showing new makers to the gallery.

Mandy Cheng

·       Mandy Cheng’s exquisite porcelain cups and saucers, and teapots are a delight to hold, creating intrigue and wonder about their surfaces and forms. Mandy laminates sheets of black stained porcelain and white porcelain, repeatedly cutting and layering, then re-cutting and re-layering, exploring the possibilities of slicing at different angles or with different thicknesses, until a unique pattern emerges.

From the final block, thin sheets are then cut and the pieces are shaped.  Her process is meticulous. Only a limited number of pieces can be made from each block of pattern. This adds to the beauty of her work and encourages the viewer to mix and match, continuing on with her process of layering and re-arranging.

Mandy graduated with a Bachelor degree of Science, major in Chemistry in 1984, before working in the fragrance industry.  From the mid '80's Mandy began her education in ceramics, training in different studios under the teaching of different ceramic artists and learning hand-building, throwing, glazing and firing techniques.  From 2002 she has been working in her own studio.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Mary White - A Restrospective - 9th June to 2nd July 2011

Early on in her career Mary combined her enthusiasm for ceramics and calligraphy. As a potter she works with porcelain clay exploiting the paper like qualities of this material employing a potters' sensibility with her approach to form. An early opportunity to experiment with porcelain led Mary to develop her distinctive wide flanged bowls, extending the thin rims to breaking point. The organic quality to the broken edges found in many of her forms takes ideas from coastal landscape, layers of rock on the seashore, shells and waves rippling over the sand and the colours of the sea and the sky. Pieces often combine throwing and handbuilding , using the clay as thin as possible, almost like torn paper and assembling the clay in layers.

Her porcelain forms create a three-dimensional canvas for her delicate and exquisite calligraphy. Through a considered use of colour and the balance of areas of light and shade, Marys' calligraphy explores and creates dynamics and tensions between text and form.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

New Work for August - Hitomi McKenzie

Hitomi Mckenzie works with porcelain. She makes functional shapes and individual pieces, combining beauty and function working in harmony, their forms giving the user a sense of joy. Hitomi likes to create communication, a ‘conversation’ between form and surface, each piece becoming an extension of how she responds to the movement of the wheel and the clay.

The work is thrown, then she dissects and distorts the shapes. The throwing rings are exaggerated to give the impression of folds of fabric, and a shiny transparent glaze is used to give a highly polished finish.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Valeria Nascimento

Anemones Installation

Valeria Nascimento draws much of her inspiration from the natural world. Her work uses repetitive sequencing with separate elements, to create cohesive sculptural groups. Valeria works with porcelain which has the smoothness and malleability she needs to create new shapes. She manipulates it, in some cases, to appear defiantly weightless. She is principally interested in creating large-scale wall installation pieces.