Walking in the Rain - Lesley Scoble

Inspiration details:

Blowing in the Wind

Fibrework

Japan (made)

1988 (made)

Kumai, Kyoko, born 1943 (maker)

Woven stainless steel wire

V&A collection reference number(s):
NA

Artist Statement

Lesley Scoble

My first ever attempt into working with ceramics has been inspired by a piece of glass work in the V&A Collection titled 'Blowing in the Wind' 1988 by Kumai Kyoko a leading figure in the world of fibre art (*no reference number was visible to me in the cabinet so I have attached photo evidence in photo uploads alongside photos of my own work). This intimate study of grasses bowing before the wind represented to me perfectly the power, drama and beauty of the elements; and the impact it has upon us all, and everything around us.
My piece 'Walking in the Rain' was made as an exploratory work as I am only just discovering the many choices and exciting possibilities of creating forms with the malleable medium of clay.
I used white clay earthenware and an under-glaze of black iron oxide with just a dash of shiny transparent glaze for the rain.
I had expected to choose some mediaeval work of art in the displays at the V&A as choice for my inspiration as this is one of my favourite periods in history. However, under the instruction of my tutor, at the Hackney Community College, who was encouraging me to allow the feel of the clay in my hands to guide me - I remembered the work by the Japanese artist I had seen in the Japanese Room at the V&A ; of its shape and form of the grasses blowing in the wind. (The rain that was clattering outside onto the classroom window at the time, may also have had some small influence upon the subject matter!). I wanted to capture the mood that the weather can evoke - just like the piece that I saw on display at the V&A that had inspired me so much.

Walking in the Rain - Lesley Scoble

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Inspiration details:

Blowing in the Wind

Fibrework

Japan (made)

1988 (made)

Kumai, Kyoko, born 1943 (maker)

Woven stainless steel wire

V&A collection reference number(s):
NA

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