This was definitely a labour of love as assembling the linear black and white lines into a chequered board effect needed a fair amount of control on my part. No way could the clay be spontaneous and have a mind of its own. The patterning complimented the shape of the bowl and I was pleased with the result.
Height 11cm. Width 22cm. Depth 20cm.
Creating the square patterns for this bowl was fun and I wanted to make a statement so decided to create a centre motif that dwarfed the surrounding patterns. The patterns were made by layering the coloured clay and then extruding them through a square disk. The square tube is then cut and the pieces are assembled to create the pattern.
Height 5cm. Diameter 20cm.
The ‘swirls’ remind me of the eddies of a sandy whirlpool where I used to go rock pooling as a girl in Africa.
Height 9cm. Diameter 23cm.
A black and white circular patterned bowl with a black foot. The circular design takes time to create as the patterns have to be rolled rather like a swiss roll and then extruded. They are then cut and laid out and rolled flat. Trying to create a uniform pattern with wayward clay can be a real challenge.
Height 11cm. Diameter 17cm.
Moving away from more ‘curvy’ pots I have been experimenting with angular shapes and seeing how the more spontaneous swirls of the agate patterns compliment the rigid form. The addition of a spiral neck also joins in the challenge.
NB. Worthy of note I used the wrong terracotta clay to make the top and neck and used one that had quite a lot of grog in it. It is very rough but I quite liked the contrast to the smooth body.
Height 20cm. Width 11cm. Depth 11cm.
The black, white and red clay are merged together to create a swirl of flowing colour. This is set within a square frame and a black spiral neck is added to create contrast to the sharp sides of the shape.
Height 17cm. Width 9cm. Depth 10cm.
Large bowl made from flat strips of black and white clay that are layered and then kneaded lightly together to create the marbled effect.
Height 5cm. Diameter 27cm
The Nerikomi black and white patterns create a chequered board effect. It takes a long time to achieve the finished bowl as the patterned blocks try to pull away from each other so have to be dried very slowly. It can take up to one month from start to finish!
Height 6cm. Diameter 27cm.
Medium black Pebble Pot with red, white and black circular inlay.
Height 12cm. Diameter15cm.
Large agate vase is made from a slab of constructed coloured clay that is twisted on itself so creating a spiral.
Height 27cm. Diameter 6cm.