I usually work with stoneware clays but have recently been drawn to porcelain, with its smooth, silky texture and distinctive combination of delicacy and strength. The feel of the clay, the ability to mould and shape it in so many ways and the endless possibilities that this medium provides, is incredibly exciting for me. My recent discovery of ceramics has opened up a whole world of creativity that I thought I had lost as an adult. Now as an HNC student I have been given the support, the time and the freedom to explore this medium.
Having trained and worked with pre-school children for over 25 years, I have a strong affinity with childhood and much of my work reflects this playful part of my personality. My work is also inspired by my lifelong passion for the natural world, growing and caring for my garden, planting and harvesting. These areas of my life strongly influence my practice, my explorations of colour, shape and texture.
My exhibit is inspired by the Dala Horse in the MOC, recalling to me the Dala horse given to me as a small child. It is Sweden’s most iconic image, the bluntly rounded, tail free little horse – solid, unmoving, gazing into the distance. Traditionally these little horses found form as children’s toys, whittled out of pinewood by the fire during long Scandinavian nights. The work on display acknowledges the sturdy, motionless quality of this little horse, but the figures are imbibed with new energy. They have been set free to move, to play, to gallop.
The pinewood base refers back to the simple planks of pinewood that the Dala horses are traditionally carved from, and glazed in various shades of blue, the porcelain pieces also reflect the ever changing colour of the sky.
ca. 1900 (manufactured)
Carved and painted wood
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