My work explores the fusion of rough and fine textures into complete pieces of ceramics
Gillian Parke's work explores the fusion of rough and fine textures and surfaces into complete pieces of ceramics. The roughness is embodied in the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which finds beauty in the natural imperfections that arise when throwing and firing stoneware; the fineness emanates from traditional western manufactured porcelain ceramics. Feldspar inclusions are added to porcelain and the resulting surfaces are achieved through a combination of an unpredictable atmospheric gas firing and reliable electric firing. The conflict is further explored by incoporating open-stock decals and metallic lusters, which have often been overlooked by modern studio potters as feminine hobby materials.
Photos credit: Jason Dowdle