Congratulations on winning Zealous Stories: Craft! You investigate the language of making through the materiality of clay. Can you tell us how this is explored within your winning work Amass I & II?
I have always been drawn to the immediate mark making qualities of clay. Whether throwing or hand building, my interests lie in working with its raw unfired state.
These pieces explore the idea of duality, distortion vs precision, and attempt to hold a narrative of the making process through the materiality of the clay. The clay is purposely placed under duress to reveal the tension and movement in its surface and form. The whole making process pushes, pulls, compresses and slices the material to provoke a reaction. The final fired forms are the result of combining elements from these making scenarios, referencing figurative objects that hold their own different characteristics.