Date: 12th June – 10th July 2020
Private Viewing: Thursday 11th June 2020
CERAMIC JOURNEYS- work in fired clay by Michelle and Brian Holland.
The plasticity of clay and the seemingly endless expressive possibilities arising from a relationship with this versatile material has taken Brian in many directions. Sometimes he has made large figurative works inspired by body language and dance, sometimes he has responded to walking on mountain paths by producing tall craggy forms, and at other times the process of working clay has taken an interest in containing space and making vessels.
Frequently the forms and surfaces of the pieces arise out of the simple process of reclaiming clay that has gone too hard to work. After soaking this down and spreading the thick slip onto plaster slabs with his fingers Brian will stop when the surface speaks to him of an experience perhaps of rocks or of water, and when this slip dries sufficiently to be lifted and shaped again he stops when the form speaks of an equivalent experience.
A dear friend gifted to him her slab roller and he has been exploring the possibilities of working with slabs of clay, often influenced by images from walks around the city he now lives in. Driven to making sculptural forms he nevertheless has also returned to coiling jars offering not only multi-variations on their simple asymmetric forms but also expressive surface possibilities.
Brian’s work is all stoneware, sometimes wood fired, sometimes reduction fired in a gas kiln and sometimes oxidised in an electric kiln. He now works mainly with Scarva crank clay and Valentines V9 grogged but will use other Valentine clays when the need arises.
Michelle’s books are based around her love of the sea, Beach-combing having always been a part of her life she remains fascinated by what she finds.
She collects glass from beaches around the UK. She next embeds the glass into sheets of clay, which are fired in a kiln, binding the glass and clay into a ceramic whole to form the front covers of her books.
The papers are bound with a Coptic Binding stitch which dates back to the 4th century, and for the back covers she spins wool to be woven into fabric covers.
Her books combine many elements from Earth and Sea.
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