So, needless to say I dug around the studio to find a bit of work to re-photograph a few weeks ago when we were photographing for the Kindred Show. This is the work I liked enough to want to keep and not sell, or break, or store in my parent's shed. Even though I took my first ceramics course at college in '93, I really didn't apply to be in an art program full-time until '96 (I still took ceramics courses in those years though). By the time I got into my 3rd year at Emily Carr I'd been throwing on the wheel for 5 years.
Looking back, I can see that this work laid a lot of the groundwork for my current work- but with some pretty obvious differences. I used to combine more handbuilding components with wheel-thrown bodies. I liked these puffy and textured handle along with the enclosed wheel-thrown forms with a cut out lid for a teapot. I was also really into these casserole dishes where the shapes were really organic with the challenge being to create a lid that had a sense of volume but that also fit an oddly shaped casserole base. One thing is clear though -I liked pattern, simple shapes and masking out glaze designs. I've always been a fan of glazing and I think it's apparent from what you see here. This work was mostly cone 9 oxidation- I had transitioned from a really dark clay body with cone 10 reduction sometime between 2nd and 3rd year, wisely realizing the likelihood of me having access to a gas kiln after school was over would be slim.
I'll post some images of work from my last year at Emily Carr in 2 installments in the weeks coming up. I kept thinking about this Gotye song when I thought about this work. When I look at work that I used to make, I sometimes feel like I broke up with it along the way, where as maybe it's more that I let go of some ideas in favour of new ones. The interesting thing about being an artist for this many years is that ideas circulate around and sometimes I come full circle back to what I had been working on so long ago.