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Ceramicist / Brighton

“I make small ceramic sculptures which combine extremes of form, texture and colour as metaphors for perfection versus imperfection/ control versus chaos in relation to personal identity and a contradictory sense of self. My work explores ideas about the containment or otherwise of personal and emotional mess and disorder, in the context of a world that increasingly encourages the belief that control and perfection in all aspects of our lives is both desirable and attainable. My sculptures are intended to be unsettling in their physical form and how they are displayed, sometimes spilling over or lurking at the foot of the plinth. Small in scale (max 30cm in any dimension), they are intended to have visual and formal intensity and energy. In some cases, they can seem to imply an obscure function and I am interested in exploring how this can be exploited to enhance their unsettling nature, with some elements appearing ‘designed’ and others almost formless. My pieces are hand built from earthenware clay and fired to earthenware temperatures. I work quickly and loosely with the clay, pushing and slopping it; but I also form it precisely through the careful and slow construction of slabs and the smoothing of surfaces, combining both approaches within the same piece. Muted earthenware glazes, stained with oxides and sometimes including additions such as sand, are offset by vivid acrylic colours.” – Jane King