My art practice explores ideas of place and focuses on the influence of living close to the ocean. Unglazed porcelain captures an essential quality of this experience. The whiteness and translucency of this material produces similar qualities to bleached bones, fossils and broken shells found on the beaches and rock platforms on the ocean’s edge. Porcelain sculptural works feel fossil like in the way that they capture the life essence of once living things in this environment.
I use light in my work to portray a sense of ephemerality. The way light interacts with the materiality of porcelain enhances ideas of fragility, strength and the influences of deep time. I have also developed a series of glassy glazes that create a sense of watery ocean light in the works.
Many works exhibited at the Wellington Gallery have been made by using natural materials found on the beach near where I live. This organic material has been dipped into liquid porcelain slip and then fired to a very high temperature where it completely burns away in the kiln and leaves traces of itself in the fired clay. I like to think it’s a bit like making fossils.