It’s been over 20 years since I graduated from a degree in ceramics and i’ve decided to explore clay once more.
Above is the outcome of our first making task. These are slip cast shapes made from moulds and the elements are joined together with ‘Kinsugi’ - the Japanese technique of mending broken china with gold leaf.
Below are pictures to tell the story of the making process…from building the shapes to mixing glazes, decorating and firing. The assembling and joining of shapes to create the sculptures was much like the process of mosaic making.
Here is the statement to support this project.
“My background is as a mosaic artist. Mosaic involves the breaking, shaping and placing of tiles to cover a surface. The size, colour and texture of the tiles all have to be considered. The function of the grout is to add strength both physically and visually to the work.
Kinsugi is a Japanese tradition of repairing broken china with a gold leaf glue. This ritual is used to honour the breakage of the object as part of it’s history.
For the FIVE project I am looking at different ways to create components for sculpture rather than tiles for a surface and exploring how I might join these components together in a way that alludes to grout or Kinsugi.
My areas of interest include totems, shrines, chaos, movement, balance and colour. I plan to explore further how shapes and colours can express these concepts.”
Liz Tiranti - MA Craft- January 2019