Distort, reshape, reconfigure. - Eddie Knevett

Inspiration details:

Evening Jacket

Jacket

Paris, France (designed)

1937 (designed)

Charles James, born 1906 - died 1978 (designer)

Quilted satin, filled with down

V&A collection reference number(s):
T.385-1977

Artist Statement

Eddie Knevett

I love everything about the original jacket, the shape, texture, colour and it stills feel fresh. I wanted my piece to have some of the elegance the original jacket has, as well as its slightly jarring exaggerated, body distorting form and shape. I wanted to take regular ceramic shape, the bowl, and distort it.

I began with drawings, playing with the lines, shadows and shapes, thinking about how they could translate into a ceramic based shape, swapping soft quilting for hard ceramic. Working out how to make it and would it stand up.
I used white stoneware clay with a high grog content. The high grog content allows me to push and mould the clay into the curved and distorted shapes I needed without the thing collapsing. The bulk of the piece is coil built and then smoothed out. Shapes were created by pushing the clay with a sponge against different sizes of cardboard tubing. Texture was then added to contrast the smoothed out areas. The stacking base is thrown on the wheel.
The pale slightly greyed colour the clay fires to reminded me of the satin colour, clear glaze used in parts gives it a satin sheen. The black inside is created using underzglaze. These are all techniques learnt making previous pieces in evening class.

The piece is in 3 parts, the idea being you can stack it how you like or want to display it or use it, a bit like how you wear clothes and style them in the way you like.

Distort, reshape, reconfigure. - Eddie Knevett

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Inspiration details:

Evening Jacket

Jacket

Paris, France (designed)

1937 (designed)

Charles James, born 1906 - died 1978 (designer)

Quilted satin, filled with down

V&A collection reference number(s):
T.385-1977

2015 Exhibition Guide

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