Nine on Line
When we decided to hold an exhibition, exploring our understanding of line, I was inspired by the developing drawing skills of my son. I embarked on an exploration of all kinds of lines.
Using the drawn line as a starting point I explored the power of the line to communicate meaning, through a visual language, and explored how artists, architects and ceramicists use line and visual communication in their work. This exploration took me in many directions, and I became increasingly interested in how architects have used lines and their geometric qualities.
Borromini, Gaudi and Boguslawski all used ruled lines to create their architectural forms. Inspired by organic structures, which geometers have named ellipses, parabolic hyperboloids and helicoids, their forms and buildings harness the laws of nature.
‘Point, Line, Plane, Form and Space I, II & III’ are based on the hyperboloid ellipse, made out of earthenware, stoneware and porcelain, and are inspired by the intentions of the geometric architects and the artist Paul Klee’s words – ‘a pictorial form begins with the point that sets itself in motion….the point moves…and the line comes into being – the first dimension. If the line shifts to form a plane, we obtain a two-dimensional element. In the movement from plane to spaces, the clash of planes gives rise to body (3D). A summary of the kinetic energies which move the point into a line, the line into a plane and the plane into a spatial dimension’ Paul Klee 1961.
I grew up in London and the West Coast of Scotland but moved to the North East of Scotland when I was 19 and have stayed there ever since. I live in a rural community, in the heart of Aberdeenshire, with scenery that ranges from the mountains to the sea. I had always wanted to work with clay, and when my family was young I got the chance to explore its qualities. The degree course, at Glasgow School of Art, has been an amazing experience and my skills and understanding of design and ceramics has improved immensely. I am starting to find themes developing in my work and I would like to explore them more fully during the remaining years of the course.
Aberdeen College, Aberdeen: part time – Interior planning and basic design principles, National Certificate Module, 1997
Grays School of Art, Aberdeen: part time - Introduction to Ceramics, stage 1 - 5 credits, 2003 - 2004
Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow: BA (Hons) Design, part time ceramics, 2004 – present date
Various short courses in drawing and design based business management – 2005 - 2007
2006: ‘The Sea’ – Scottish Potters Association at Carby Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
2007: ‘Nine on Line’ – Atrium Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland