Means of production – The vase and flower show
Vases anticipating glazes.Wip ‘RUIN’ text piece for @thevaseandflowershow late April, Clovelly curated by @sassypark. Text containers interested me as a way of commenting on human interactions with and constructs of ‘place’ so for a show at Auburn Japanese Garden curated by Glenn Barkley I made #midden and #rockery (now showing in #claydynasty_powerhousemuseum) to reflect on settler impacts on the terrain of inigenous clans around the shores of Middle Harbour in Sydney, where I grew up.
‘RUIN’ came next as a reflection on the Brtish Empire, its colonising agendas and eccentric placement of follies in gardenscapes .’RUIN” has been on the studio shelf for a year or two. Lets see what another visit to the kiln will do.
RUIN’ – U and I are OK, but sections of R and N don’t hold water.WELL, a ruin will be a’ RUIN’. I did not expect this degree of detournement. However it was written: the work is a prototype sketch with the idea to incorprate living plant matter in some way. It has had rather a long shelf life, so when I washed the dust off the bisque fired pieces before glazing, it did not occur to me to see if they actually held water! Now they are destined for The Vase and Flower Show so when I took the glazed pieces from the kiln and had overcome my initial response of rejection, (the surfaces are darker and more melted, more Gothik than anticipated), I poured water in and “hmmm” some sections leak!.now signified with orange tape – OK for dried plants. I will let this ruin be and try other things with pigments and firing times with future iterations. (For this firing, I soaked the cone 3 glaze at temp 1100 for 15 mins and cone 2 melted (1120 degrees C).