Name: Sea Foam
When was it made: June 2015
Width: 8.5cm Height: 9cm
Technical Data: Stoneware clay body fired to 1220C
Hyplas and local clay slip monoprint
Modified Leach 1-2-3-4 glaze with 0.5% Cobalt Oxide and 2.5% Red Iron Oxide
Platinum Lustre 740C
Time to make: Mug Body 5 minutes
Handling 10 minutes
Monoprint 6 minutes
Glazing 2 minutes
Lustre 8 minutes
Total time 31 minutes
Ripples in the sand, in the waves, those childhood moments still affecting what I make, what I want to make. I always look to the sea, the shore line, always changing not the same from the past. The same is with my work, I can settle, a change in movement changes my thinking, creates ripples for the future.
It feels odd that most of the lending library so far was made in a single month, with so many failures from before that time, sharp edges and useless handles. It took longer to get back into the swing of making than I thought it would.
The monoprinted mugs aren’t marked as they were only an example for collaboration.
The Heavenly Race (Running), how strange, I was only looking at this painting by Agnes Martin the day before receiving Joseph’s Sea Foam glazed mug. The resemblance between the two patterns is uncanny.
An infantile impulse to repeat, as if seeing and experiencing something for the first time. I remember too running across the surface of the ripples in the sand, those strange undulations beneath your feet, running towards the sea, the breaking of the waves, the sound of the water retreating, only to return again, wave after wave like the beating of a heart. The repetition of the same simple action; paint on canvas, glaze on clay, footsteps in the sand, waves across the ocean.
I run into the water, laughter and screaming as the cold laps around my waist. I run back to the safety of the shore only to return moments later; a to-ing and fro-ing between the familiarity of the shoreline, anchoring my confidence and allowing me to return, time after time, to the danger of the sea; a heavenly race, running.
30 July 2015