With a series of high tides expected over the Christmas period, it’s the perfect opportunity to begin the next stage of a project I’ve been working on.
I’m captivated by the ever-changing nature of the sea, especially those strange, reinvented objects one finds scattered along the tide line that Nature has handed back to us.
I will be placing low-fired ceramic objects in this tidal zone, working with the forces of nature to alter the surface of clay and demonstrate those fragments of everyday activities are unrecognisable and insignificant when compared to the power of natural forces.
An everyday piece of text or narrative that anyone working on the sea will be familiar with is the Shipping Forecast, broadcast everyday on BBC Radio 4, and has something of a cult following with insomniacs.
These fragments, screen printed then applied to hand made pebbles will be the first objects to sit beneath the waves and experience the full force of the winter tides.
I’m particularly interested to see how this technique will work, so selecting something as generic as the Shipping Forecast will be a fun way of seeing whether the sea decides to erode some of the words, and in doing so, reinvent their meaning.
I’m starting on a small scale, as there will be a lot of experimentation taking place as I try to discover the best clays, textures, firing temperatures and methods of securing the pottery before expanding the idea to a much larger piece of artwork.
These handmade pebbles, along with a collection of textures objects will form the first stage in my quest to work with the sea to gradually erode and smooth the surface of my work, just like a piece of sea glass, or bits of gnarled driftwood washed on the beach.
I am in awe of the journey that these objects have taken and the mysterious underwater forces that have acted on them. By providing a clay canvas to highlight these watery forces and natural cycles, I will work directly with Nature to produce a body of work.