353 Spring Lane
Nine on Line
I am fascinated by the way in which simple ideas can have both concrete and hypothetical meanings in much the same way as simple vessel shapes can be altered by position and decoration. My background in teaching and English language seems to lead me naturally into story telling in my ceramic pieces.
For this exhibition I have chosen to explore the term pipeline as part of the corporate theme. Using images from the apocryphal “Willow Pattern” design, first used in Britain in about 1760 by Spode, I have told stories about communication, working together ( being “in the pipeline”) as well as ecological issues such as population, water and energy.
I have used mainly cast parian semi porcelain and stock decals of the "willow pattern" to tell my stories.
I was able to return to ceramics several years ago when my life circumstances forced an early end to my teaching career. Learning at a hobby level soon became more serious and gradually my workshop became more important to me as my skills and enthusiasm developed . The degree course at GSA has given me encouragement and confidence to think more clearly about my making processes and to find my own style.
City and Guilds Certificate (Ceramics) 1999
City and Guilds Certificate (Preparing working designs) 1999
Centra Two Part One (Ceramics) 2001
City and Guilds Diploma (Ceramics) 2002
2007 “Nine on line” Atrium Gallery, Glasgow