The technique used to make these pots is not widely recognised in the UK but is known as Nerikomi in Japan. Porcelain is blended with body stains in order to produce coloured clay. The technique poses many questions to the maker as colour and design become integral to the structure of the form meaning surface decoration, normally applied towards the end of production becomes the starting point for any coloured clay project.
The impetus for making this work was to use black and red porcelain. The red represents battle, blood, love and the rosy glow of hope.The red stuggles to match the black, almost being pushed away in a visual sense but it is also drawn towards the darkness. I hope to find some balance between porcelain, the design of a piece and colour.
All the work is fired to 1220 degrees centigrade.
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